Police ask the community to be vigilant with home security beyond just locking their windows and doors - especially at night when going to bed.
Officers say it is important to ensure the external security of your house including rollers doors and security screens – so make it a habit to check your property is secure before you retire at night.
Anecdotally, police know that opportunistic criminals seek to take advantage of situations where people may not have taken steps to secure their property or are distracted in some way.
In particular thieves tend to take valuable, highly portable items, and often seek ‘easy access’ to properties, which can be through unlocked doors, windows left ajar, or screen windows or doors that are easily cut or manipulated.
This can result in cash, jewellery and portable electronics such as computers, phones, electronic tablets and gaming consoles regularly targeted by thieves.
Unfortunately, break-ins are also reported that involve items being stolen from sheds or garages that have been left unlocked or insecure, even for short periods of time.
Ensuring that screen doors and windows are quality products and appropriately secured is also important, bearing in mind that some other barriers such as lightweight fly screens can be easily removed.
Home owners are urged to:
- Review their home security
- Lock and utilise security screens and doors
- Lock screens and doors, even when you are home
- Lock garages and carports, especially those that enable access to your home
- Lock sheds and keep tools secured inside your shed
While police can locate stolen property, it is preferable to prevent theft in the first place. Police encourage the marking of property with the owner’s driver's licence number preceded by 'S' for South Australia. E.g. S123456.
In the case of items that can’t be marked, the community is urged to photograph valuables (such as jewellery) and record any markings or distinguishing features.
For more valuable crime prevention information, please visit the SA Police website.
A 32-year-old Nuriootpa woman was arrested on March 2 and charged with disorderly behaviour, aiding and abetting and breach of her bail.
A Bethel man in his 50s was arrested on March 2 on an outstanding warrant.
A 38-year-old Nuriootpa man was arrested on March 2 and charged with two counts of breaching his bail and carrying an offensive weapon.
A 24-year-old man, of no fixed address, was reported on February 26 for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Stockwell man in his 40s was reported on February 23 for driving while disqualified.
A 36-year-old Nuriootpa man was report on February 27 for carrying an offensive weapon and driving while unlicenced, unregistered and uninsured. His vehicle was also defected and impounded for 28 days.
A 33-year-old Hewett man was reported on March 1 for drink driving with an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.122. He was further reported for driving while disqualified and disorderly behaviour. His car was subsequently impounded for 28 days.
A car light was stolen from a business premises on Main Street, Kapunda on March 3.
Damage was caused to a front window at a property on Pratt Road, Wasleys on February 25.
A white substance was sprayed over a vehicle parked in Freeling between March 3 and 4.
A Toyota utility and a trailer was later recovered after it was stolen from a property on Nitschke Road, Marananga between March 3 and 4.
About 800sqm of grass was burnt at a reserve on Falkenberg Road, Nuriootpa on February 26. The cause of the fire is unknown.
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.