Barossa Residents Reminded to Secure Personal Belongings
Barossa Police are reminding local residents to keep their personal belongings safe, particularly ensuring sheds, garages and outbuildings are secured, as they have been the target of thieves recently - looking for tools, sporting equipment, gardening equipment and lawnmowers.
The Police offered the following safety precautions to protect valuable property:
Use strong locks, chains and padlocks on your shed door and lock up after every use.
If your shed has windows, cover them with paper or curtains. Many burglars will look in shed windows to determine whether contents are worth the break-in.
Put all your gardening and work items back in your shed after use.
Always lock tools that could facilitate a home break-in – i.e. crowbars, saws and bolt cutters.
Make ladders harder to access by keeping them chained or locked within your shed.
Keep your shed organised – this will help identify what has been taken if a break-in occurs.
Always report theft to police, to help them build a picture of criminal activity in the area.
The Barossa region has seen a large amount of crime over the past week, with Police reporting:
On 11 May Nuriootpa Police arrested a 36-year-old man from Willaston and charged him with possession of a prohibited weapon.
On 9 May Kapunda Police reported a 21-year-old man from Kapunda for theft.
On 9 May Kapunda Police reported a 29-year-old man from Kapunda for theft.
SERIOUS CRIMINAL TRESPASS:
On 10 May entry was gained to a shed on Penrice Road, Angaston.
Between 8 and 10 May a camper trailer, chainsaw and chemicals were taken from a shed on Hemple Rd, Daveyston.
On 5 May a leather handbag and sunglasses were stolen from a business in Murray St, Tanunda.
Between 5 and 7 May clothing was stolen from a business on Murray St, Tanunda.
On 11 May fencing on a property on Bartschs Road, Eden Valley was damaged.
Between 10 and 11 May a heritage freestanding stone wall was knocked over on Murray St, Nuriootpa.
If you notice anything suspicious in your area please phone the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online - you can remain anonymous.