• Hannah Phillips

Thefts from Cars in Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge Police are urging people not to leave valuables inside their vehicles after receiving several recent reports of cars being broken into.

Sometime between 6pm on 4 March and 7am on 5 March, a car parked in a front yard on Tapp Street, was forcibly entered and a red Repco tool box containing assorted tools, clothing, cash and keys were stolen.

Sometime between 11pm on 4 March and 5am on 5 March, a CB radio was stolen from inside a vehicle parked at another address on Tapp Street.

A second vehicle parked at the same address was also illegally entered but nothing was stolen.

Sometime between 11pm on 4 March and 9am on 5 March, a vehicle parked on Cromwell Road was entered and a black Ripcurl backpack containing assorted clothing was stolen.

At about 1am on 5 March, a resident heard someone breaking into their car, also on Cromwell Road.

The thief made off with a two way radio, a Pioneer car CD player and a video camera from inside the vehicle.

At about 4am on 5 March, a resident on Henry Moss Court, heard someone trying to enter their car by striking a brick off the passenger window.

No entry was gained and the suspect ran off.

Police are reminding the community to:

  • Lock your vehicle doors and close all windows

  • Install an alarm or immobiliser and activate it every time you leave your vehicle

  • At night park your vehicle in a well-lit area

  • Park off the road and if possible in a locked garage

  • Use secure car parking facilities where available

  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle. If you can’t, then conceal them in the boot before arriving at your destination

  • 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

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please call the Police Assistance Line on 131444.

If you have any information about these incidents, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperssa.com.au. You can remain anonymous.

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