Secure your property, be vigilant
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.