Security watch works at Yamba
By ADRIAN MILLER
YAMBA'S stepped up security watch is working.
Police said yesterday there were few break-ins during the Easter long weekend.
After a spate of break-and-enters throughout Crystal Waters in March, police and NRMA Insurance issued warnings to home owners, urging them to guard their property at Easter.
And according to police, property owners did just that.
Yamba Police Sergeant Volker Ruehe said: There were very, very few (break-ins) over Easter.
"We've had as many officers out there as I could, we've been as pro-active as we could and we've been speaking to as many people as possible.
"Police have been very active around the areas that have been targeted by criminals, ensured there was high visibility and we've spoken to influential members of the community to try and get on top of these things."
NRMA Insurance Yamba Country Service Centre manager Judy King warned residents they had to remain vigilant against burglaries throughout the year, not just during holiday periods.
"We are sending an urgent message to residents to lock up their homes at all times ... because thieves only need a few minutes to break-in and steal your valuable belongings," she said.
Ms King said residents aged between 25 and 29 were twice as likely to be burgled as those aged between 60 and 64.
She said renters should also be particularly conscious of home security as they were 50 per cent more likely to experience burglaries than owner-occupiers.
"Four out of five burglaries happen when people are away from home, and younger residents are far more likely to be out and about than older residents ? particularly retirees," she said.