Police ask the community to keep an eye on their local schools during the school holidays.
They say vandalism, property damage and theft from our schools and preschools are a great concern to staff, students and communities.
Neighbours and the wider school community can help protect these valuable facilities from break-ins, arson, theft and vandalism by keeping an eye out and reporting any suspicious activity, including vehicles, around schools, to police on 131 444.
These simple tips also help keep our schools safe.
Tips for schools:
- 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. Also ensure this information is posted on school noticeboards.
Tips for school communities:
- It is important to be vigilant during school holidays.
- Any unusual behaviour noticed on school grounds should be reported to police.
- If you hear unusual noises such as glass breaking or banging noises this may mean someone is up to no good.
- Look for unusual vehicles parked at a school on weekends or during holidays.
- Watch for groups 'hanging around' on school grounds - this should not happen and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.
Graffiti is a significant issue for school properties.
It is a criminal offence which involves offenders vandalising the property of others without consent, by the use of spray paint, marking pens or other similar items.
Graffiti causes significant financial burdens to the school, community and individuals. Graffiti prevention can be achieved in a number of ways.
A 56-year-old Pooraka man was arrested in Nuriootpa by Nuriootpa Police on July 3 for a warrant after he failed to appear in court.
A Hamilton man in his 30s was arrested by Nuriootpa Police on June 3 after he was stopped at Kapunda for driving unlicensed, possession of drugs and refusing a breath test. His vehicle was impounded.
A 42-year-old Angaston man was arrested in Nuriootpa on July 4 after Nuriootpa Police discovered the man had an outstanding warrant.
A Mount Torrens man in his 50s was arrested by Mount Pleasant Police on July 5 for aggravated assault after he allegedly threw a star dropper at another man.
A 56-year-old Pooraka man was reported in Nuriootpa by Nuriootpa Police on July 3 for driving while unlicensed. The man's motorbike was also impounded for 28 days.
A 29-year-old Williaston man was reported in Williamstown by Gawler Police on July 3 for unlawful possession after police checked the motorcycle he was riding and discovering the VIN number had been filed off. The man was also riding while unlicensed and riding without registration or insurance. The motorcycle was seized for further enquiries.
A 43-year-old Elizabeth man was reported by Freeling Police on July 4 for theft of wool bales at Linwood.
A 28-year-old Parkside man was reported by Nuriootpa Police and the Barossa Highway Patrol on July 7 for drink driving after he registered an alleged blood alcohol reading of 0.139, and for hoon driving after police found the man bogged in mud at Gomersal. The man also received an instant licence disqualification for six months.
Seven bottles of perfume were stolen from a Murray Street, Nuriootpa, business in late May.
The entrance gates of a property located on Horrocks Highway, Linwood, were pushed open and 30 bales of wool were stolen, between June 29 and July 3.
A registration plate S184TBI was stolen from a hire trailer at a property on Marrabel Road at Hamilton, between June 25 and 26.
A gas bottle was stolen from the front of the caravan parked in a driveway of Helene Street, Nuriootpa, between July 4 and 5.
Police continue their search for a BMX bandit after a BMX style bike was stolen from driveway at premises on Becker Street at Freeling on July 7.
A silver Holden sedan was stolen from the driveway of a house at Drinkwater Crescent, Nuriootpa, between July 6 and 7.
Investigations continue after a fire was spotted buring in a wood pile to an area of about 80 square metres on a Horrocks Highway, Templer property on July 3. It is currently unknown how the fire started.
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.