Police are reminding those responsible for properties under construction to be mindful of security after a number of thefts were reported from construction sites.
Building sites can be a target for the theft with some of the most common items stolen including timber, copper piping, electrical cable and wiring, windows and doors, bathroom fittings, kitchen appliances and fittings, hot water systems, air conditioning units and trade tools.
Anyone noticing suspicious behaviour around building sites is urged to call police immediately on 131 444 as the timely reporting of matters can assist police to make arrests and recover stolen property.
To reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft, please consider the following crime prevention security tips:
- Key lock doors and windows
- Aim to have goods delivered and installed on the same day
- Check delivery of materials when you receive them. Report any damage or shortfalls to the delivery person and/or site manager
- Consider marking building materials with microdot technology or spray paint to make them less attractive to thieves
- Arrange for materials to be stored securely and out of general view
- Use anti-theft brackets on fixtures such as hot water systems
- Remove key components from items at risk of theft and display a notice to this effect on the items
- Don’t leave packaging from expensive items lying around the site
- Consider using CCTV, covert patrols or private security
- Contact neighbouring properties (including businesses) and encourage occupants to report suspicious behaviour
- Be aware of people loitering or removing materials from building sites
- Be alert to vehicles near building sites that have obscured or missing number plates.
The following is a weekly update from Gawler Police:
A 34-year-old man from Evanston was arrested by Gawler Police on February 5 and charged him with disorderly behaviour after being contacted by members of the public.
A 26-year-old man from Clare was arrested by Gawler Police on February 5 on a warrant.
A 37-year-old man from Willaston was arrested by Gawler Police on February 5 and charged him with breaching his bail conditions.
A 37-year-old man from Willaston was arrested by Gawler Police on February 7 on a warrant.
A 22-year-old man from Evanston Gardens was arrested by Gawler Police on February 8 and charged him with property damage, aggravated assault and breaching an intervention order.
A male youth from Evanston Park was arrested by Gawler Police on February 10 and charged him with theft.
A 33-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, both from Kudla, were arrested by Gawler Police on February 11 and charged them with assault.
A 25-year-old man from Salisbury North was arrested by Gawler Police on February 11 and charged him with breaching an intervention order, breaching bail conditions, serious criminal trespass, makig unlawful threats and property damage.
A 20-year-old man from Truro was reported by Barossa Highway Patrol on February 7 for driving without due care following a vehicle collision in Buchfelde on February 5.
A 37-year-old man from Elizabeth Grove was reported by Barossa Highway Patrol on February 9 for driving while unlicensed, having never held a driver’s licence.
A 44-year-old man from Stockport was reported by Gawler Police and Barossa Highway Patrol on February 10 for exceeding the speed limit, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle and driving unlicensed.
A 22-year-old woman from Seacombe Gardens was reported by Gawler Police on February 11 for theft.
A 23-year-old man from Willaston was reported by Gawler Police on February 11 for aggravated assault and assault.
Serious Criminal Tresspass
Electronics and jewellery were taken from a residential property on Carpentaria Way, Hewett on February 5.
An attempt was made to gain entry at a school on School Rd, Gawler between February 7 and 8.
A TV and other items were taken from a residential property on Grey Cres, Evanston Gardens between January 22 and February 9.
A radio control unit, air tools and drill were taken from a shed on William St, Lyndoch between January 30 and February 9.
TVs and a computer were taken from a residential property on Holland Way, Evanston between January 19 and February 10.
A drill and grinder were stolen from a business on Tulloch Rd, Evanston on February 5.
A water meter was stolen from a property in Rosella Circuit, Hewett between January 15 and February 3. Another water meter was also stolen from a house under construction on Holland Way, Evanston between December 15 and February 3.
A number of houses under construction in Rawlings Circuit and Holland Way, Evanston had items taken between January 26 and February 5. Damage was caused and various items, including wiring, lighting, tiles and a laundry trough, were taken.
Two water meters were stolen from adjoining building sites on Longford St, Evanston between January 19 and 22.
Tools were taken from a vehicle parked on Goldfinch Way, Hewett between February 8 and 9.
A ram and 12 ewes were stolen from a property on Mudla Wirra Rd, Roseworthy between December 3 and January 6.
Fuel was siphoned from a vehicle parked on Rau Ave, Evanston between February 9 and 10.
A number plate was stolen from a vehicle parked on May Tce, Evanston between February 9 and 10.
A fridge was taken from the rear tray of a utility parked on Holland Way, Evanston between February 11 and 12.
About 100m2 of scrub was burnt on Chignell Circuit, Reid on February 6. The cause of the fire is unknown.
A small fire started on a walking trail in Clonlea Park at Willaston on February 10. A member of the public assisted by extinguishing the fire.
A vehicle was interfered with while it was parked on Adelaide Rd, Gawler on February 3.
Unlawfully on premises
Entry was gained to a residential property on Elgin Ave, Evanston between January 29 and February 5.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/
If you witness someone behaving suspiciously in your neighbourhood, or on a nearby school or business property, please phone the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444. Timely reporting can assist police to locate offenders and prevent further crime occurring.