SA Police have a wide range of up-to-date crime prevention advice available for the whole community, including businesses, they encourage the public to take on board.
Police say it’s important that residents, business owners and operators, plus motorists take stock of their own behaviour and security in order to ensure they are best protected.
While they stress they can’t be everywhere, all the time, it is important the community be vigilant as opportunistic criminals will seek to take advantage of lapses in security.
Included in the crime prevention advice, is a wide range of information, for instance, these suggestions on ways business can avoid becoming the victim of computer theft:
- Portable electronic goods should be locked away when not in use.
- Close blinds or curtains if your computer is near a window so it is not in clear view.
- Use a computer security device like a ‘cut resistant’ steel cable to secure laptops to a fixed object.
- Lock internal doors/windows when the business is unattended.
- If you must leave a computer in a vehicle, store it in the boot prior to your final destination and use a cable lock to secure it.
- Identify your computer by engraving it, marking it with an ultra violet (UV) pen or using microdot technology.
- All property should be clearly and permanently marked with the name of your business or your Australian Business Number (ABN); your property could also be marked with your driver’s licence number prefixed by the letter ‘S’ for South Australia e.g. S123456.
- Record model and serial numbers and keep in a safe place.
- Remove lockable hard drives and USB data storage, storing them in a secure place when not in use.
- Do not ‘advertise’ the purchase of a new computer or component by placing empty boxes next to the rubbish bin.
- Consider installing a firewall and up-to-date virus protection software.
- Where possible, program your computer with a password to restrict access.
A 57-year-old Craigmore man was arrested and charged by Gawler Police on February 21 for breaching an intervention order and breaching his bail conditions.
A Gawler West female youth was arrested by Gawler Police on February 23 on a warrant.
A West Hindmarsh female youth was arrested and charged on February 24 by Gawler Police for breaching her bail conditions and providing false details to police.
A 31-year-old Gawler East man was reported by Gawler Police on February 19 for two counts of shop theft.
A 20-year-old Kapunda woman was reported by Barossa Highway Patrol on February 19 for driving while disqualified. As a result she was issued with a further loss of licence and had her vehicle impounded for 28 days.
A Mallala man in his 40s was reported by Two Wells Police on February 20 for possessing a firearm without a licence and having an unregistered firearm.
A Port Pearce man in his 40s was reported by Gawler Police on February 23 for driving while disqualified. As a result he was issued with a further loss of licence and had his vehicle impounded for 28 days.
A 41-year-old Evanston Park man was reported by Gawler Police on February 23 for drink driving with an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.145. As a result he was issued with an instant loss of licence for six months and had his vehicle impounded for 28 days.
A 22-year-old Andrews Farm woman was reported by Gawler Police on February 23 in relation to breaches of her learner’s permit as well as drink driving with an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.104. As a result she was issued with an instant loss of licence for six months and had her vehicle impounded for 28 days.
A 26-year-old Lyndoch man was reported by Gawler Police on February 25 for driving an unregistered motor vehicle and drink driving with an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.080. He was issued with an instant loss of licence for six months and had his vehicle impounded for 28 days.
Serious Criminal Trespass
An unsuccessful attempt was made to gain entry to premises on Nixon Terrace, Gawler between February 16 and 17.
Entry was gained to a residence on Eighteenth Street, Gawler on February 20. At this time it is unclear if anything was stolen.
Electronics, jewellery and statues were taken from a residence on Dysart Road, Evanston on February 20.
Various items were taken from a residence on Veale Street, Gawler West between February 20 and 21.
Tools, including a nail gun, saw, drill and grinders, were taken from a residence on Queen Street, Roseworthy between February 19 and 21.
A gold chain was stolen from a business on Murray Street, Gawler on February 20.
Survey equipment, a camera and thermometer were taken from the canopy on the rear of a utility parked on Britha Avenue, Evanston between February 20 and 21.
A bottle of alcohol was stolen from a business on Murray Street, Gawler on February 16.
Coins were taken from a vehicle parked on Mount Terrace, Gawler between February 21 and 22.
A vacuum was stolen from a business in Evanston on February 24.
Three metal rubbish bins on a footpath on Julian Terrace, Gawler were set alight on February 18.
A tree on council land, was cut down on Second Street, Gawler South on February 18.
Five small trees in Clonlea Park, Willaston were cut, causing irreparable damage, between February 17 and 19.
A tyre on a vehicle parked on Twelfth Street, Gawler was damaged on February 19.
A lock was damaged on a gate and a power box at a property in Roseworthy between February 19 and 22..
A vehicle left on the side of Port Wakefield Road, Two Wells, was damaged on February 25.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/ - you can remain anonymous.
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.