SHANNON Townsend thought he had found a good area when he moved to Glass House Mountains but now he is not so sure.
He credits his whippets Erica and Piper with scaring off a burglar who had reached his unlocked laundry door of his Sugar Coast Dr home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The intruder had gone through an unlocked gate and made his way through Mr Townsend's yard before being interrupted by barking.
"I didn't think anything of it but it was enough to scare them away from our house which was good," Mr Townsend said.
He learned later in the morning that his next door neighbour had been burgled and a car parked at the next house down broken into.
Mr Townsend moved to the area only three months ago.
"I've recently bought a padlock for that gate and all doors and windows are shut all of the time now."
Fellow Sugar Coast Dr resident Snezana Welch thought CCTV cameras on the front of her home may have scared off burglars after they broke into her son's four-wheel-drive.
"It's pretty scary when you are sleeping and somebody is cleaning you out."
The Tuesday morning break-ins came after five vehicles at Glass House Mountains were broken into in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Break-ins to five houses and three cars at Beerwah early in the morning of February 20 have also prompted residents to better secure their properties.
A Coochin Hills Dr woman, who did not want to be named, said a puppy she had sleeping on her bed barked at a man who had entered her home through an unlocked front door.
She thought at first it was her son moving around the house.
"By the time I got up and got (the dog) out of the way he (the intruder) had already got out the door," the woman said.
"It was lucky I didn't get up the first time.
"Had I got up the first time I think I may have been attacked."
The thief took a wallet which the woman has since got back through police.
She has lived in the street since 2008 and said break-ins were rare to her knowledge.
"I lock up the whole house now."
Nearby neighbours Brian and Sheryl Elliott believe their stringent security measures saved them from being broken into.
Mr Elliott said their place was always locked but the thefts had prompted him to move a remote control for the garage door out of his van.
He now takes it inside with him every night.
Beerwah police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Kim Cavell said the thefts appeared to be committed by a mix of local and travelling offenders.
Snr Sgt Cavell said they all were opportunistic, cashing in on lax security.
She urged residents to make it hard for thieves by locking their cars and houses.
"I don't want this area to be known as easy pickings for offenders," Snr Sgt Cavell said.
"If they see vehicles they will try doors. If it is unlocked they will enter it and just take anything they want."
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