Spike in thefts from cars

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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