• Hannah Phillips

Barossa Weekly Police Report

Police are urging vehicle owners to store their keys safely out of sight, following a number of recent car thefts.

Leaving out keys and garage remotes provides thieves with access to your garage as well as your vehicle.

Some thieves specifically target a vehicle for profit – to be changed and sold later, or stripped for spare parts to be sold or used to build other vehicles that have been stolen or crashed.

Most vehicles, however, are stolen as an immediate means of transport, for dangerous driving, or to commit other crimes, such as robberies.

These vehicles tend to be dumped and sometimes burnt out or destroyed to reduce opportunities for forensic evidence.

While older vehicles with less built-in protection are more likely to be a target for theft, leaving out keys and garage access to newer, higher security vehicles makes it easy for an opportunistic thief to leave in your vehicle.

Consider these tips to keep your vehicles safe:

  • Never leave your vehicle keys out on hallstands, desks or bench tops.

  • Never hide spare keys on or near your vehicle in the garage - thieves know all the right spots to look.

  • Put your spare keys away either in a safe, or hidden well away in a secure location.

  • Always secure vehicles to minimise the opportunity of theft by locking vehicle doors and closing windows, even at home in your garage.

  • Install/activate your alarm and/or immobiliser.

The following is an update from Nuriootpa Police:


Nuriootpa Police arrested a 39-year-old Tanunda man in Tanunda on 6 October for aggravated assault, property damage and firearms offences.

On 6 October, Nuriootpa Police arrested a 62-year-old man from Penrice for breaching an intervention order.

A 25-year-old man from Kalgoorlie was arrested in Nuriootpa on 7 October in relation to an outstanding warrant.


Nuriootpa Police reported a 47-year-old man from Nuriootpa on 3 October for theft.

On 8 October, a 57-year-old Freeling man was reported in Springton for aggravated driving without due care, breaching a condition of his licence and drink driving, after he allegedly returned a result of 0.214 per cent, more than four times the legal limit. He received a 12 month instant loss of licence.


A credit card was stolen from a purse at a premises on Stott Highway, Angaston on 2 October.

Between 26 and 27 September, a red-lidded wheelie bin was stolen from a property in Reusch Drive, Nuriootpa.

A number plate was removed from a trailer parked in Day Street, Kapunda on 3 October.

On 4 October, two wallets including cash and bank cards were stolen from a vehicle parked in North Street, Kapunda.


Two men were captured on CCTV climbing a fence to gain access to a rear yard on Main Street, Kapunda on 19 September. Nothing was stolen.


Between 29 and 30 September, graffiti was marked on the outside of a building in Murray Street, Nuriootpa.


On 5 October a Holden Cruse SA registration (VKN154) parked in the driveway of a property on Edward Street, Tanunda was stolen. The vehicle has since been recovered.

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

Any person witnessing suspcicious activity or vehicles in their area is reminded to phone the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444.