Vandalism, property damage and theft from regional schools and preschools are a concern to staff, students and communities – especially during school holidays.
Police ask the community over the next week to assist them by reporting any suspicious behaviour.
Neighbours and the wider school community can help protect these valuable facilities from break-ins, arson, theft and vandalism by reporting any suspicious activity, including vehicles around schools, by phoning police on 131 444.
Simple tips to deter this behaviour include:
- Padlock/secure industrial and bulk recycling bins away from buildings.
- Trim trees, particularly if they are overhanging buildings and sheds as these can be a potential fire hazard and block an observer’s line of vision.
- Check external security lighting is working and in good repair.
- Secure all doors and windows before leaving the premises.
- Consult with neighbours and ask them to report to police on 131 444 if they notice anything suspicious at the site.
A Bethel woman in her 40s was arrested by Nuriootpa Police on July 2 for theft. A Bethel man was also arrested on July 2 for an outstanding warrant, theft, driving in a dangerous manner, driving without a licence and driving in an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.
A Koonunga man was arrested at Koonunga on July 3 for driving unlicensed and making off without payment. A Koonunga woman was also arrested on July 3 for theft and driving off without payment.
A Freeling man in his 30s was arrested on July 5 on a warrant.
A Williamstown man in his 30s was arrested by both Nuriootpa and Gawler police on July 7 for breaching a home detention order. He was refused bail.
A Kapunda woman in her 30s was reported by Barossa Highway Patrol on June 24 in Roseworthy for drug driving. Her car was impounded.
Serious Criminal Trespass
Multiple tech items were taken after entry was gained via a jemmied front door to a property on Penrice Road, Angaston, on July 5.
Nothing was identified as stolen after offenders rummaged a shed they entered on Lorke Road, Williamstown, between July 5 and 6.
A first aid box was stolen and later discovered nearby after entry was gained to an unlocked premises on West Terrace, Kapunda, on July 9.
Damage was caused to a vehicle parked in Murray Street, Nuriootpa, on July 4.