• Hannah Phillips

Barossa Residents Reminded to Safely Secure Possessions


Police have received a number of reports recently of property stolen from outside areas of homes and businesses.


SAPOL have advised items such as tools, bikes and even outdoors toys can attract opportunistic thieves, if you leave these items on view in your garden or driveway.

"Try and store your outdoor items around the back, in a secure spot at the side of a property, or behind a solid fence where they are not visible to passers-by," SAPOL said in their latest Nuriootpa Police Report.

They added the following tips to help keep possessions safe and secure:

  • Keep gates locked and roller doors on garages down and locked whenever possible.

  • Put valuable sports equipment, tools and bicycles away in a locked shed out of sight.

  • Don’t leave toys, bikes and other items unattended on your front lawn, near the front fence or on the driveway where they can be quickly grabbed.

  • Put all gardening tools, sports equipment, toys and bikes away at night and after use – don’t leave them under the car port if they can still be seen from the street.

  • Install motion activated lights around your property

The following report is from the Nuriootpa police over the last week:

ARRESTS

On 27 December Nuriootpa Police arrested a 51-year-old man from Tanunda for Aggravated Assault and possession of ammunition.

REPORTS

On 29 December Nuriootpa Police reported a 31-year-old woman from Eudunda for drink driving (0.072).

On 22 December walls were graffitied and papers on a desk were set on fire and then extinguished after entry was gained via a jemmied window to a property on West Terrace, Kapunda.

THEFT

Between 2 and 24 December approximately 50,000 litres of water were taken from water tanks at the front of property on Rhine Park Road, Eden Valley.

Between 30 and 31 December a scooter was stolen from the front yard of a property in High Street, Kapunda.

Between 26 and 29 December a bobcat parked on Hancock Road, Kapunda was stolen. Entry was gained by cutting a gate lock to the perimeter fence.

Between 28 and 30 December a vehicle that had broken down on the Thiele Highway, Shea-oak Log had 4 rims and tyres stolen.

DAMAGE BY FIRE

On 31 December fire was located on either side of the Sturt Highway in Nuriootpa, as a result of fireworks in dry grass.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online - you can remain anonymous.

Meanwhile, if you notice any suspicious behaviour – people or vehicles – in your community then call police immediately on 131 444.

Timely reporting can assist police in locating offenders and preventing further crimes from occurring.