Barossa Weekly Police Report
It is important to take steps to prevent the theft of metal from your property as scrap metal can have a high market value, and appeal to opportunistic thieves.
Building sites, occupied and unoccupied properties can be targeted, by thieves looking rot metals such as copper, aluminium, brass, bronze, cast iron and steel.
Items commonly reported stolen can include copper piping, electrical cable and wiring, bathroom fittings such as taps, kitchen appliances, water meters, hot water systems, air conditioning units and steel fencing, guttering or roof sheeting.
Police recommend that to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of scrap metal theft, the community should consider the following crime prevention security tips:
Key lock doors and windows.
Install security lighting, fences and lock gates.
Aim to have goods delivered and installed on the same day.
Consider marking building materials (including copper piping) with microdot technology or spray paint to make them less attractive to thieves.
Arrange for materials to be stored securely and out of general view.
Use anti-theft brackets on fixtures such as hot water systems.
Keep building sites tidy. Do not leave scrap metal on site.
Consider using CCTV, covert patrols or private security.
Contact neighbouring properties (including businesses) and encourage occupants to report suspicious behaviour.
Be aware of people loitering or removing materials from properties.
Be alert to vehicles near building sites or unoccupied properties that have obscured or missing number plates.
If you notice someone hanging around parked vehicles or behaving in a suspicious manner in your neighbourhood please call police immediately on 131 444.
The following information is from the Nuriootpa Police:
On 16 November Nuriootpa Police arrested a 30-year-old woman from Gawler West in Tanunda and charged her with disobeying a reasonable direction and drink driving (0.287). She will appear in court, was immediately disqualified from driving for 12 months and had her vehicle impounded for 28 days.
On 16 November Mount Pleasant Police reported a 45-year-old man from Williamstown for property damage.
On 16 November Gawler Police reported a 30-year-old man from Stockport in Morn Hill for drink driving (0.110). He will be summonsed to court at a later date, had his licence disqualified for six months and had his vehicle impounded for 28 days.
On 13 November copper pipe was removed from the front and rear of a property in Mill St, Greenock.
Between 12 October and 12 November 24,000 litres of water were siphoned from a water tank on a property in Nuraip Rd, Nuriootpa.
On 28 October a sandwich board was stolen from a property on Eden Valley Rd, Mt Pleasant.
On 16 November damage was caused to a door on a property on Bruce Rundle Drive, Williamstown.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online - you can remain anonymous.
If you notice anything suspicious in your area - particularly at unattended school or business properties - please call police immediately on 131 444.
Timely reporting assists police in locating offenders and preventing further crime from occurring.