Many thefts from your yard and home are opportunistic offences.
Take a minute to have a look around your front yard and consider the amount of removeable property that is laying around your yard, verandah, carports and in the back of utes or boats.
Yes, some items are unavoidable and need to be left at some risk due to their daily use and purpose.
However, I can guarantee there are many items that could be moved and secured out of sight.
In the past where these offences have been committed regularly in certain areas, general duties officers during proactive patrols in the early hours of the morning in several residential areas have seen garage doors open with lights on displaying a variety of valuable property, lawn mowers and bicycles left on the front lawn.
They have seen a variety of valuable items left in boats and tray backs.
On occasions officers have left a promotional pamphlet at the premises highlighting the time police were in the area making the observation and some property security hints.
This achieves several things for police - firstly it is hoped this would prompt the property owner to take some action towards some home security options as well as prevent a future offence from occurring.
Secondly, it also shows police are out and about responding to crime trends identified and we are trying to prevent further offences.
We just need property owners to assist by taking away that opportunity where they can in the first place.
As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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