Crooks hamper holiday fun at Evans Head

THERE are some not very happy campers in Evans Head thanks to a wave of brazen thefts in the Silver Sands Caravan Park.

As campers slept in their tents, thieves broke in and stole alcohol, wallets, money and even wrapped Christmas presents right across the park.

Tracey Matthews and her family from Burleigh Heads have been camping at Evans Head for the past 18 years.

While they have lost the odd esky, this is the first time anyone has actually broken into their tent by unzipping the door and taking Ms Matthews' handbag which was right near where she was sleeping.

Tips to keep your property safe while camping

"I remember hearing someone trip in the tent which woke me up," she said.

"They must have heard me stir because I got up and there was my handbag, and the kids bags all strewn up the hill.

"We lost two iPods, cash and three pairs of gold earrings."

Campers Chantelle Honeycombe and Mark Claydon of Brisbane also lost wallets and phones even though they were tucked under the bed they were sleeping on.

"I woke up to see a young guy standing in the door of our tent and I said 'what do you think you're doing?' which made him run off," Ms Honeycombe said.

"I then went to the toilet and when I came back that's when we found our stuff stolen."

Ms Honeycombe has given a description of the person she saw to the police of a possibly 17-year-old male, 165cm, very thin with sandy blonde hair, denim shorts and a yellow hoodie.

While campers are angry at the daring nature of the thefts, they are also questioning the lack of security in the park.

"The fees to the campground have increased but security guards are only here on weekends," Ms Matthews said.

Silver Sands manager Adrian Easdown said security guards were employed but it was a big park.

"Vigilance is very important and we tell people not to leave things lying around," he said.

"People have now been buying little bells they can tie to their tent zips that will make noise."

Tips to keep your property safe while camping:

  • Tying bells to tent zips
  • Chaining and padlocking fridges and eskies
  • Solar sensor lights
  • Don't leave items lying around
  • Only buy enough alcohol to drink that night


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