Break-ins mar rural idyll
By TOBY WALKER
THE QUINLIVAN'S family home sits in a relatively quiet part of the world just off the Summerland Way but a recent burglary has forced them to employ security measures usually saved for those living in town.
Kelvin Quinlivan and his family returned home from an overnight camping trip last Sunday to find they had been broken into.
"They had been right through the place," he said.
"Every drawer, every saucepan, they had systematically gone through everything.
It was the third time the family's home had been targeted since they moved to the area five years ago and Mr Quinlivan has become increasingly concerned with the number of thefts in the rural neighbourhood.
Computers and hi-fi equipment were left untouched but a large quantity of money and two coin collections were taken. Even a child's play purse containing five cents was stolen.
Much of the money stolen was to pay university campus fees for the Quinlivan's two eldest children.
Apart from the money, the thieves took a wheelbarrow which they used to cart fuel and fuel containers away.
The burglary has angered Mr Quinlivan and prompted him to appeal to nearby residents for information in the hope that those responsible for the break-ins in the area might be caught.
"We've got two neighbours who had had their homes and sheds broken into, they took everything that wasn't nailed down, machinery, parts, whatever they could carry," he said. "There's been other incidences over the years up and down the road where people have been hit just going into town.
"One lady actually sold and left the area because she was getting hit that frequently.