Se­cure your prop­erty, be vig­i­lant

Broome Advertiser - - News - Se­nior Sergeant Les An­drews

In re­cent weeks there has been an iden­ti­fied trend in steal­ing of­fences, most of which come from un­se­cured short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties, mo­tor ve­hi­cles and the front of pri­vate yards.

This is an­other re­minder about se­cur­ing your house, car, car­a­van and the prop­erty within and in­creas­ing your vig­i­lance in re­gard to per­sonal se­cu­rity.

While it is not the fault of the vic­tim un­se­cured prop­erty is stolen, there are things that can be done to min­imise the risk of be­com­ing a vic­tim of th­ese op­por­tunis­tic of­fences:

Se­cur­ing your home/ve­hi­cle/bike: En­sure when you leave your house or car, or bed down for the night, you con­duct a se­cu­rity check that all doors, win­dows and an­nexes are locked.

Don’t leave valu­ables in an area where they can be eas­ily seen from out­side. Many of­fend­ers are after quick and easy tar­gets, so if your house, car­a­van or car is too dif­fi­cult to get into, they will of­ten move on.

Don’t leave items such as bikes, bags or valu­able per­sonal items in the view of passers-by.

This pro­vides the mo­ti­va­tion for an op­por­tunis­tic thief to ply their trade.

To help in the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of your bi­cy­cle, we rec­om­mend en­grav­ing your bi­cy­cle with your name and a con­tact num­ber or driver’s li­cence num­ber so that in the un­for­tu­nate event it is stolen, it can be quickly iden­ti­fied and re­turned to you.

Know your neigh­bours: If pos­si­ble, get to know the peo­ple in your street. Of­ten it will be th­ese peo­ple who will call po­lice in your ab­sence if they see some­thing sus­pi­cious.

Be vig­i­lant. In our lives we don’t of­ten no­tice things around us un­til there is some­thing out of the or­di­nary oc­cur­ring.

You know your street bet­ter than most, so if you see some­thing sus­pi­cious, take note of what is oc­cur­ring and con­tact Broome po­lice at your ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

Crime preven­tion is ev­ery­body’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­quires a com­bined ef­fort be­tween po­lice and the com­mu­nity.

For 24-hour po­lice as­sis­tance, phone Broome Po­lice Sta­tion on 131 444 or in an emer­gency, dial triple-0.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for po­lice can call the Broome Po­lice Sta­tion or con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000. Fol­low us on Twit­ter @BroomePol for fur­ther up­dates on lo­cal is­sues.

Se­nior Sergeant Les An­drews is the of­fi­cer-in-charge at Broome Po­lice Sta­tion.

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