Lock up and be alert: Carnarvon police

Tamra CarrMidwest Times
A crime-aware message on an electronic sign near Carnarvon Police Station.
Camera IconA crime-aware message on an electronic sign near Carnarvon Police Station.

Police are warning Carnarvon residents about a recent spate of summer burglaries, the apparent result of opportunistic criminals taking advantage of unlocked doors and open windows as locals attempt to beat the heat.

Detective Sergeant Bruce McDonald said the uptick in crime was nothing out of control, but he urged homeowners to remember basic property protection measures.

“When police do scene examinations, we ask — ‘how did they get in?’ and the homeowner will say, ‘oh well, the door was unlocked’,” Det-Sgt McDonald said.

“We’ve had a good run in Carnarvon. Crime’s been down, but people are getting complacent again.

“We just want to remind people to lock up, secure their items and look after each other.”

Home burglaries have been consistently low in Carnarvon for the past 81/2 years, nosediving from 116 recorded offences in the 2009-10 financial year to 28 in 2010-11.

Every year since, crime has petered below 20 documented burglaries.

Det-Sgt McDonald said Carnarvon police had a great working relationship with the community, which was helping to drive down crime.

The latest initiative to put a dent in the number of crime victims involves an electronic messaging board, which has been placed by the road next to Carnarvon Police Station.

The flashing board reminds motorists and passers-by to be crime-aware and report offending and suspicious behaviour to Carnarvon police.

They can be contacted on 9941 7333.

Detective Sergeant Bruce McDonald’s tips on reducing home burglaries:

Keep in touch with your neighbour – they can be your most valuable security asset.

Always lock up – don’t overlook the obvious and don’t leave the front door unlocked if you are in the back yard or vice versa.

Cut away the camouflage – cultivate a garden, not a burglar’s paradise.

Dead lock internal doors.

Secure all windows – no window is too high or small for burglars.

Light up at night – sensor lights are great to let you know when someone is around, invited or otherwise.

Lock garden sheds, garages and side gates.

Lock up the metre box, stopping interference with power supply and sensor / security lights.

Install burglar alarms.

Make a property inventory, with serial numbers recorded.

Be vigilant and report anything suspicious to local police on 1314 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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