Do your bit to beat burglars
PARKED CARS A REAL TARGET
LATELY, too many people have experienced the gutwrenching feeling of returning to their car to see it has been broken in to.
Taking a quick walk around the George Burnett Leisure Centre car park at midday during the week with Kensington Senior Sergeant Ash Goy, the Gazette spotted several items left in cars in full view of a would-be thief.
Sgt Goy said his team were concerned about the growing number of cars being broken in to and the large number of items being stolen.
“Vulnerable areas include shopping centre car parks, back streets with little or no lighting, public open space and sports ovals where sporting clubs train and compete,” he said.
Sgt Goy said many of the break-ins at the George Burnett centre were occurring in the early evening when people were on the oval.
PayPass and PayWave cards in particular were being stolen and then used at the nearby Waterford Plaza.
Sgt Goy said about 40 per cent of crime reports received related to the windows of parked vehicles being smashed and property stolen.
“Some nights we see as many as 10 to 12 crime reports alone,” he said.
“We find offenders are mobile, whether it is on foot or on push bikes.”
He added that a parked car in any location was a potential target.
“It is personally disap- pointing to see the amount of broken glass on the ground of affected areas, as it is with unsightly tyre skid marks on the road,” he said.
“The majority of these offences are committed by the minority of offenders.
“We are honing in on them one by one.
“At some point, common sense has to prevail, people need to be accountable and to help reduce this pattern of offending. Many of these offences are avoidable,” he said.
Offences can be reported to police by calling 131 444.
Senior Sergeant Ash Goy checks cars at George Burnett Leisure Centre in Manning.