In our beautiful Valley, we continue to see around one quarter of all burglaries occurring from premises or vehicles which are left unlocked.
On the evening of 7th May in Kings Court New Norfolk, an unlocked vehicle was observed being pushed down a driveway. The offenders then ran off.
Overnight on 13th, two chainsaws were taken from a large, open agricultural shed.
And on 23rd May, over a period of time, a generator has been stolen from a rear unlocked shed on Oakdale Rd in Lawitta.
These crimes may have been prevented had the owners taken time to lock away their possessions.
On 3rd May, a window lock on a house on Fitzgerald Crescent was damaged during the daytime.
Overnight on 8th May, a locked vehicle in the front yard of a Britten St home had its locks tampered with. A pair of scissors had been used by thieves and were found nearby.
10th May – A sliding door to a business on Gordon River Rd in Bushy Park was partially jemmied open, but no entry gained.
The Caravan Park on the Esplanade in New Norfolk was the scene of two incidents during the month: On 13th May, a motorcycle was stolen overnight and recovered burnt out in Bridgewater. And on 20th May a caravan was stolen and later located. Two offenders have been charged.
Police are pursuing known suspects for the damage caused to a house in Charlotte St during the evening of 13th May, when the window frame of the residence was set alight. On the same evening, offenders attempted to gain access to a building on Glebe Rd by damaging a timber door and roller door.
Malicious damage was caused by offenders on 14th May when they turned the power off at the meter box of a pharmacy in High St, causing refrigerated medications to be rendered unusable.
Over a few days, around 15th May, a double garage lock was forced to a property on Blair St, with various tools and a speaker being stolen.
And on 20th May, a white enclosed box trailer was found to be missing from a school on Montagu St. It is believed that this trailer was stolen recently.
Police are anxious to hear from any member of the public who may have witnessed any of the above incidents or who have observed any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood. Police would also like to remind the public not to leave valuables in a vehicle when unattended, and to lock up all possessions. Phone: 131444 for non-urgent matters; Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (www.crimestopperstas.com.au)