A police inspector in central-western Queensland says tight economic conditions in rural towns and the drought may be contributing to a rise in some crime.
Inspector Mark Henderson says detectives in Longreach are investigating the theft of nine tablet computers from the local high school and they have also noticed more opportunistic crimes being reported.
He says a new regional police blog site will post information about farm machinery that has been stolen from properties, some of which is valued between $10,000 and $30,000.
"Large generators, pumping equipment, quad bikes, we are getting a growing trend of property being stolen from the rural properties," he said.
Inspector Henderson has asked residents to be alert for any goods that may have been stolen and are being sold off.
"We do have to be cognisance of the fact that money is tightening up," he said.
"The town is starting to hurt, as are most of our towns in the central-west.
"So when the money dries up, people unfortunately resort to crime and then sell the property, sometimes sadly enough, to even pay for food."
Inspector Henderson says the , and officers from across the region will be adding important information.
"My Police blog sites are a really interactive way for the public to speak to the police and the police to speak to the public," he said.
"With the drought that is really effecting us at the moment, we are hoping to get on board with our counterparts in other government services and put a few helpful hints and links to some of the welfare sites and the drought relief."
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