• Hannah Phillips

Nuriootpa Weekly Police Report


Police have received recent reports of damage to parked cars.

Sometimes, this damage is caused maliciously by passing vandals scratching paintwork, denting car roofs and panels and smashing vehicle windows.

On other occasions, the damage is caused by thieves targeting property inside the vehicle.


Either motive results in damage that is expensive and time consuming to repair, as well as very upsetting for victims.

Police have provided a few basic tips that may help reduce the chances of your parked car being damaged by vandals;

  • Avoid parking on the street where possible, especially over night or for long stays.

  • If you’re out and about and it’s at all possible, choose a well-lit and monitored car park – the fees can work out cheaper than repairing damage.

  • When you have to park on the street, choose a well-lit, populated spot where pedestrians pass by frequently.

  • Wherever you park, even in your own garage or on your own driveway, always lock your vehicle securely and remove valuables, then lock your garage and gates.

  • Never leave valuable items in plain sight in the car. This can result in opportunistic thieves attempting to break in to your car and damaging the vehicle.

  • Remove valuables such as purses, GPS devices, mobile phones, laptops, and cameras from vehicles.

  • Never leave a spare set of house or car keys in your car, or hidden nearby in the garage/carport; thieves know where to look.

  • Install an alarm or immobiliser.

If your vehicle is damaged:

  • Always report it to police on 131 444 as your report will help build a picture of crime in your area and police can direct patrols accordingly.

  • Talk to your neighbours - let people on your street know if you’ve had a problem, so you can all keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour

The following is the weekly update from Nuriootpa Police:

ARRESTS

On 19 June Nuriootpa Police arrested a 23-year-old man from Williamstown and charged him with assault.

On 21 June Nuriootpa Police arrested a 43-year-old man from Nuriootpa and charged him with aggravated assault and breaching an intervention order.

On 22 June Nuriootpa Police arrested a 38-year-old man from Mildura, Victoria for being in possession of cannabis.

REPORTS

On 20 June Nuriootpa Police reported a 60-year-old man from Nuriootpa for drink driving (0.084). He received an instant loss of licence.

On 21 June Nuriootpa Police reported a 21-year-old woman from Nuriootpa for theft.

PROPERTY DAMAGE/GRAFFITI

On 21 June a vehicle that had been left roadside overnight on the Sturt Highway in Greenock due to a flat tyre, was found the next day with panel damage.

On 23 June the front door of a property on Hanson St, Freeling was damaged.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/ - you can remain anonymous.

If you notice anything suspicious in your area please call police immediately on 131 444.

Timely reporting assists police in locating offenders and preventing further crime from occurring.