Officers shut the door on thieves
A POLICE operation aimed at shining a light on the importance of home and vehicle security has led to a 22 per cent drop in unlawful use of motor vehicles and burglaries in the Smithfield region.
After an increase in soft break-ins on the Northern Beaches in recent months, Smithfield Police implemented Operation Rolladoor in an effort to make the area safer.
Officer in charge of Smithfield police, Senior Sergeant Ed Lukin, said crews had located about 42 rolladoors open during patrols since the new operation commenced.
“Just this weekend, I managed to locate two homes with their rolladoors open,” he said.
“On both occasions the occupants were not only amazed we were out patrolling and checking homes, they were very grateful we were the ones that found the doors and not unwanted intruders.
“While we are out in the community working hard to keep everyone safe, we just ask that everyone takes some extra precautions around their homes to lock up to make it hard for opportunistic thieves to access homes and steal valuables such as cars, keys, phones, wallets and the like.”
Since the launch of Operation Rolladoor, Smithfield police have recorded a 22 per cent fall in crimes compared to the same time last year.
“It just goes to show, with a greater awareness of home and vehicle security we can all do our bit to keep the community safe,” Sen-Sgt Lukin said.
“Community members are encouraged to call police and let us know what is happening in the community so we can address issues before they escalate.”
The Smithfield policing division takes in the Northern Beaches north of the Barron River at Machans Beach to the Rex Lookout at Wangetti Beach, up the Kuranda Range to the Henry Ross Lookout and along the Western Arterial Rd to the Barron River Bridge at Kamerunga and everything in between.
If you or someone you know has been targeted by thieves, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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