Dog squad called in as residents are told to lock up

THE police dog squad has been hunting a persistent thief known to be targeting homes at Urraween.

Residents in St Joseph's Dr and surrounding streets have been warned to keep all doors and windows locked as police continue to track a suspect who used the same method to try to break into several homes this week.

In the space of just a few hours, holes were torn in the screens of doors at three homes on St Joseph's Dr but on each occasion, the thief was stopped by a locked glass door.

In nearby Heather Way, a woman called for help after she went to investigate a noise only to find a man standing in her laundry.

The woman told police the doors were closed but she could not remember if they were locked.

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Hervey Bay Police Acting Sergeant Craig Lewis urged all home owners to key lock their security screens as well as glass and wooden doors.

"Thieves will target different areas, even if you are home at the time," Sgt Lewis said.

"The majority of break-ins are opportunistic so the best line of defence is to ensure all doors and screens are locked at all times."

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