Spike in thefts from cars
Seymour saw a spike in theft from motor cars between April 13 and April 18.
The vehicles had been left unlocked while parked at residential addresses, with the stolen items including wallets, cash, bankcards and tools.
The residential areas targeted were Railway St, Goulburn St, Stewart St and Progress St.
Crime Prevention Officer Leading Senior Constable Wendy Willingham urges all residents to ensure their vehicles are locked with all items of value removed from them.
‘‘We have previously seen CCTV footage where the thieves just wander the residential streets after dark, trying car door handles,’’ she said.
‘‘It is not hard to guess which ones were entered.
‘‘The thieves just moved on from the ones that were locked, or did not have any items in sight.
‘‘Unfortunately, in a lot of the cases, as happened in Wandong last month where numerous cars had property stolen from them, the owners were not aware of it occurring until they were contacted by their banks informing them of the unusual activity on their accounts.
‘‘Hundreds of dollars can be taken from your bank account in a very short period of time with the paywave facility on our bankcards.
‘‘The simple step of locking your car, and not leaving property inside, will greatly assist in protecting your property.’’
Mitchell detectives have charged a Seymour woman with burglary and theft following a break-in at a charity store in Victoria St, Seymour, in midMarch.
The 43-year-old will appear in court in June.
Investigations are continuing into the theft of mobile phones stolen from a government business in High St, Broadford.
The front door of the building was forced open about 4 am on April 4 and a display cabinet containing mobile phones was taken.
The empty cabinet was later found dumped in Hamilton St.
Property including power tools, a barbecue and gas cooktop were stolen from an empty house that was under renovation in Albert St, Kilmore.
The house was entered some time between 1 pm on April 16 and the next morning.
The gas cooktop had just been purchased and was still in its packaging.
It is believed entry was gained to the house via a side door.
Nagambie police are investigating a series of thefts from a caravan park in Loddings Rd, Nagambie.
Investigations revealed two people entered the leisure park about 2 am on April 16 and stole property from six campsites.
IPads were stolen from the caravan, with wallets, loose change and some clothing taken from the other sites.
If anyone has any information regarding any criminal activity they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be left anonymously. For immediate police response please call 000.