Crime escalates in estate
RESIDENTS in Gympie’s Fairview Park and Golf Links Estate are living in fear as crime has dramatically escalated in the area.
Some have felt so strongly about the issue and the need for people to be aware that they have hand delivered flyers warning of the crime spree.
One woman who was too scared of retribution to be named said she and her young family were worried about people entering their home.
She said that on the Wednesday before New Year’s Eve her purse was stolen from her car.
Thinking it was youths she searched bushes near her home and found someone else’s purse, missing the wallet.
To try and get her purse back she offered a reward, but so far no one has come forward.
Since she put flyers around the neighbourhood people have called her to say the same had happened to them.
“A lot of neighbours said...things had been stolen from vehicles,” she said.
“One lady said her purse was stolen off her kitchen bench while she was in the house.”
The woman had left the door open, she didn’t have a security screen and the offender just walked in and took the bag.
Another said her screen door was cut, the offenders again taking off with a purse.
Most of the offences seemed to be happening between 10pm and 2am.
The woman, who is now scared offenders will enter her house, said every night someone else was robbed and “the police haven’t been able to catch them”.
But she said Gympie police had been very helpful and stepped up patrols.
“I handed out flyers to let people know it wasn’t a one off,” she said.
“If we group together and make sure everyone is locking up...it will stop.”
She hopes community awareness will stop the perpetrator/s coming to the estate.
“They seemed to be only taking cash and wallets, things easy to get rid of and passing over GPS systems. I am concerned for my safety now they are starting to enter homes. I don’t even leave my windows open at night anymore.”
Also living in fear is another young mum who also wishes to remain anonymous and printed a flyer to warn people after her and her husband’s wallet was stolen out of her car.
The family went to bed about 1am on Sunday, January 10 and the next day noticed the wallets were gone. The vehicle was left in the driveway and checked to make sure it was locked. Offenders made off with $700 that she had saved to pay for an operation for her one-year-old son, leaving behind expensive sunglasses and a GPS system.
“It took police three days to come and they couldn’t finger print because we had driven the car. I’m not sleeping at home anymore,” she said.
The woman has been further scared after noticing someone had pulled her laundry security door off its tracks, in an attempt to gain entry to the home on Thursday night.
And her husband has chased one offender down the street.
After she printed her flyer a woman rang to say thieves had broken into her home the same night.
Another woman who has just moved to the estate, Sam Marr, said she was also concerned. She works at the mines and is away regularly.
Ms Marr said she was worried about no one being home most of the time, but said a room mate who was moving in soon would be there at nights.
“I usually keep everything locked up, but I will be getting some more security screens,” she said.
Gympie police Sergeant Mick Curran said there had been a little more activity in the area, mainly thefts from unlocked vehicles and police were investigating.
“It would appear to be minor offences at the moment but I urge residents to be vigilant with home security. There’s no need to take dramatic action or panic.” He said to lock up and not leave valuables in plain sight or outside.