Po­lice is­sue theft warn­ing

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Af­ter a re­cent spike in peo­ple steal­ing from cars, po­lice are strongly urg­ing the public to be more vig­i­lant.

In­spec­tor John Aichinger said driv­ers should lock their ve­hi­cles and not leave items of value in plain sight for would-be of­fend­ers pass­ing by.

Insp Aichinger said in the last week, De­niliquin Po­lice have taken six re­ports of prop­erty be­ing stolen from cars.

He said on ev­ery oc­ca­sion, the ve­hi­cle has ei­ther been un­locked or items were left in plain view.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple take com­fort in the fact that we live in a coun­try area and gen­er­ally speak­ing, we feel safer and per­haps more re­laxed when it comes to se­cur­ing our items of value,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a cer­tain amount of trust that we all share with our com­mu­nity mem­bers.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately though there is al­ways a small el­e­ment of the pop­u­la­tion, be they lo­cal or trav­ellers, who are in our town and we sim­ply can’t share the same amount of trust with them.

‘‘That’s why it is im­per­a­tive we all take that ex­tra step on ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

‘‘An un­locked car with a wal­let or hand­bag on the seat rep­re­sents a crime that takes the of­fender only five sec­onds to com­mit. It’s just a very easy tar­get.’’

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