Barossa Police remind the community to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from view in a bid to deter opportunistic thieves following a spate of thefts this month.
Portable, valuable items such as handbags and iPhones are easy and tempting targets for would-be thieves - especially when vehicles are not locked - and even a small amount of cash left in open sight can be a catalyst for car burglary.
To help prevent thieves targeting your vehicle and property, consider implementing these security tips:
- Lock your vehicle doors and close all windows and sunroofs.
- Install an alarm or immobiliser and activate it every time you leave your vehicle.
- At night park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle. If you can't, then conceal them in the boot before arriving at your destination.
- If you notice someone hanging around parked vehicles or behaving in a suspicious manner in your neighbourhood please call police immediately on 131 444.
- Avoid leaving your property in the glove box or centre console - this is the first place thieves look.
- Mark or engrave your property with your driver's licence number prefixed by the letter 'S' for South Australia.
- Record the make, model and serial number of electronic equipment, such as GPS devices, laptops and mobile phones.
- Remove registration papers from your vehicle to prevent thieves identifying your home and easily disposing of your vehicle.
- Do not place hand bags, wallets or other valuable items on the passenger seat where they could be easily grabbed.
- Remove your keys from the ignition even if you are gone for a short time.
- At home, don't leave your keys on the kitchen bench or where they can be easily seen by thieves. Keep them in a safe place out of view.
- Mark key tags with your phone number. Never include your name and address.
- Do not hide a spare set of keys on or in your vehicle.
A 58-year-old Tanunda man was arrested by Barossa Police on May 24 and charged with aggravated assault.
A 40-year-old Greenock woman for reported on May 22 for driving while disqualified. Her vehicle was impounded for 28 days.
SERIOUS CRIMINAL TRESPASS
An attempt was made to gain entry to a business premises on Annie Terrace, Wasleys, between May 17 and 20.
Numerous tools were stolen after entry was gained to a shed on Gap Road, Fords, between May 14 and 15.
An assortment of tools were stolen after entry was gained to a premises on Murray Street, Tanunda on May 18.
A shed was rummaged through and a motorcycle was stolen after entry was gained to a shed at a property on Lorke Road, Williamstown, between May 20 and 21.
A wheelbarrow was stolen after access was gained to an unlocked shed at a property on Kalimna Road, Nuriootpa, between May 15 and 20.
Between 20 and 21 May A TV and a desktop computer were stolen from a property in Queen Street, Kapunda, between May 20 and 21.
A handbag was stolen after entry was gained to a property on Lienert Road, Shea-oak Log on May 22.
An attempt was made to gain entry to a premises on Eva Street, Williamstown on May 26.
A bicycle was stolen from a carport on Kalimna Road, Nuriootpa, between May 17 and 25.
A rubber backed door mat was stolen from a business premises in Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa, between May 17 and 18.
A ring was stolen at a premises in West Terrace, Kapunda on May 3.
An iPhone charger was stolen from a vehicle parked in Stockwell Road, Angaston on May 21.
A pair of pallet forks were stolen from a property on Diagonal Road, Tanunda, between May 17 and 22.
Three trailer loads of timber were stolen from a property on Tarlee Road, Kapunda, between May 7 and 17.
A fence was cut to a paddock and a razorback pig was stolen from a property on Blackhill Road, Bogot Well near Kapunda on May 24.
Numerous tools, including a Milwaukee circular saw, cordless drill and an impact driver, blower, reciprocating saw and a Paslode nail gun were stolen from the rear of a vehicle parked on Main Street, Kapunda on May 24
Damage was caused to a vehicle parked on West Terrace, Kapunda, between May 16 and 17.
Graffiti damage was caused to a building at premises in Annie Terrace, Wasleys, between May 20 and 21.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au where you can remain anonymous.
If you notice anything suspicious in your area please call police immediately on 131 444.
Timely reporting assists police in locating offenders and preventing further crime from occurring.