Va­cant homes a bur­glar’s dream

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

Christ­mas is a time for giv­ing, but for would-be burglars it is also a prime time to take.

Kar­ratha po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Ge­off Cramp said op­por­tunis­tic bur­glar­ies in the area in­creased over the hol­i­days and res­i­dents should be vig­i­lant.

“Kar­ratha has a history show­ing a sig­nif­i­cant rise in bur­glary and property crime dur­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary,” he said.

“I be­lieve this is mainly due to the large num­ber of per­sons on hol­i­days.”

Kar­ratha res­i­dent Dan Pedersen knows first­hand what it feels like to come home and find you have been bur­gled.

Last month thieves broke into his fam­ily’s house.

“Our home, our fam­ily’s safe place, had been vi­o­lated,” he said.

“(We) felt un­safe in our own home for the first time.”

Whether you are leav­ing or stay­ing in town, here are some tips to pre­vent a bur­glary:

■ Let trusted friends or neigh­bours know you are go­ing away and ask them to keep an eye on your house.

■ Burglars usu­ally en­ter through un­locked doors or win­dows, so en­sure your house, garage and car are se­curely locked.

■ Ask friends or neigh­bours to bring in your rub­bish bin. A bin out on a day it shouldn’t be is a clue for burglars.

■ Leave a light on in­side the house to give the im­pres­sion some­one is home.

■ In­stall a sen­sor light or se­cu­rity cam­eras out­side and con­sider get­ting a dog to de­ter tres­passers.

■ Have valu­able items en­graved, keep their re­ceipts and back up im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on com­put­ers.

Se­nior Sergeant Cramp said res­i­dents stay­ing over Christ­mas played a ma­jor role in pre­vent­ing crime.

“If some­one or some­thing ap­pears out of place, tell the po­lice be­cause you are our eyes and ears.” Mr Pedersen agreed. “The only rea­son th­ese thieves (of our house) were found was due to a com­mu­nity mem­ber re­port­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour,” he said.

If you see some­thing sus­pi­cious, call 000 for emer­gen­cies, 131 444 for as­sis­tance or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha po­lice Con­sta­bles Ash Net­ter­field, Shane Price and Nat Hayes are ready to crack down on bur­glar­ies this Christ­mas.

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