• Hannah Phillips

Barossa Weekly Police Report

Theft of fuel is of concern to the police and communities.

Fuel can be stolen from vehicles and storage tanks by the use of siphoning equipment that can vary from the basic tube to more sophisticated arrangements involving pumps and the cutting of fuel lines. Tips to consider:

  • Keep vehicles in a secure area, preferably a garage, shed or outbuildings, wherever possible.

  • Consider the use of locking fuel caps.

  • Re-fuel vehicles just before the planned journey rather than leaving a vehicle fully fuelled overnight.

  • Park vehicles in areas that are well lit so they can be observed easily.

  • Use secure parking areas or compounds when vehicles are parked overnight, in particular vehicles not parked at their operating base.

  • Consider the use of alarms. This could be on the vehicles themselves or for the perimeter of the parking/storage area.

  • Fit anti-siphoning devices.

  • Use defensive parking techniques, wherever possible park vehicles against solid objects on the fuel tank side to prevent access.

  • Do not leave keys in or near a vehicle where they can be easily found.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is asked to immediately contact police on 131 444.

The following is the weekly update from Nuriootpa Police:


On 16 October Nuriootpa Police arrested a 15-year-old boy from Nurioopta in relation to breaching his bail.

On 19 October Nuriootpa Crime Investigation Branch arrested a 31-year-old man from Nuriootpa for failing to comply with reporting conditions.


On 18 October Nuriootpa Police reported a 48-year-old man from Williamstown for cultivation of cannabis and possessing prescribed equipment.

On 19 October Freeling, Eudunda and Riverton Police reported a 25-year-old man from Freeling for breach of bail.

On 19 October Nuriootpa Police reported a 40-year-old man from Greenock for driving while disqualified. As a result his car was impounded.


Between 14 and 15 October petrol was syphoned from a jemmied fuel cap of a car parked in Jeffs St, Kapunda.

Between 12 and 17 October a scooter was stolen from a rear yard on Steinborner St, Nuriootpa.

Between 4 and 18 October a large wheel swing was stolen from a playground on Victoria Tce, Williamstown.

On 15 October cash was removed from a purse left in an office on Railway Tce, Mount Pleasant.


Between 12 and 15 October an attempt was made to burn the timber frame of a toilet block at a premises in Hutton Vale Rd, Moculta.

On 20 October a purpose built dog wash trailer attached to mains power under a carport caught fire causing $15,000 damage to the trailer and $10,000 damage to the carport.

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.

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