SMASH ‘N’ GRAB

Spike in car break-ins prompts po­lice plea to Katan­ning res­i­dents to make sure no valu­ables are left in their ve­hi­cles.

Great Southern Herald - - News - Tim Ed­munds

Katan­ning po­lice have pleaded with res­i­dents to se­cure their valu­ables and lock their cars af­ter a re­cent spike in car thefts in re­cent weeks.

Op­por­tunis­tic thieves con­tinue to target un­locked and locked cars in the town cen­tre, with six cars bro­ken into across the week­end adding to the re­cent spate of breakins prompt­ing a warn­ing from po­lice.

Katan­ning po­lice act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Aaron Honey warned res­i­dents to avoid com­pla­cency and re­move valu­ables such as wal­lets, hand­bags, mo­bile phones, lap­tops and other elec­tronic de­vices from their cars.

He said while po­lice would con­tinue to do what they could to re­duce and in­ves­ti­gate prop­erty crime, steal­ing of­fences that took only min­utes to com­mit were more of­ten than not pre­ventable.

“They see it, smash a win­dow and it’s gone,” Sen Sgt Honey said.

“The whole thing is done in 10 sec­onds.

“It’s very hard to get this stuff back.”

Sen Sgt Honey said the shop­ping ar­eas of Katan­ning were mainly be­ing tar­geted with thieves ei­ther smash­ing win­dows or seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity of an un­locked door.

He said any in­for­ma­tion of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice would add to their in­tel­li­gence.

A Katan­ning res­i­dent this week sent CCTV footage to the Great South­ern Her­ald of a man tres­pass­ing on her home and look­ing in the win­dows of a parked car with a torch.

“We can’t pre­vent crime with­out the peo­ple’s help,” Sen Sgt Honey said. “Th­ese are very op­por­tunis­tic. “Let’s not make it easy for them.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion or wit­nesses sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

A tres­passer is cap­tured on CCTV at a Katan­ning home.

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