IT'S not only Santa who enters houses during the Christmas season, Jimboomba police have warned.
Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh urged residents to keep their homes locked up tightly during the holidays, with Christmas being a peak time for stealing offences.
"It's a great time for criminals," he said.
"People have their presents stored in their homes, and often they're not home as much.
"With more and more people going back to work as well, there's more homes left empty."
It comes after a man allegedly entered a house intending to commit a crime in Cedar Grove on Wednesday.
The man was arrested a short distance away from the home.
He was charged with entering a dwelling with the intention to commit a serious indictable offence, as well as driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle without a license.
Senior Sergeant Waugh said people should store their valuables somewhere safe, where they could not be seen.
People should also take extra precautions to secure their homes when going on holiday.
Stolen car set alight, police say
A CAR stolen from a Goodna address was found engulfed in flames at Flagstone last week.
Senior Sergeant Peter Waugh said the car had been stolen on November 28 from an address at Whitmore Crescent, Goodna, where it had been parked outside.
It was found ablaze later the same day on Bushman Drive, Flagstone.
It comes after a couple from Raby Bay had their four-day-old Mercedes stolen from outside their home during the night.
Thieves gained access into the lounge, snatching Ms Williams' handbag, keys and Mr Williams' wallet which were on the kitchen bench.
Police managed to recover the car the next day at a Logan shopping centre.