Police issue theft warning
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.’’