Police remind residents to secure property after spate of break-ins – Central North Police District

Police are urging residents to secure their property and vehicles following a spate of attempted break and enter offences across the Central North Police District.

Four homes were subject to attempted break-ins over the weekend (Sunday 23 June 2019) at Walgett, prompting police to encourage home safety and security.

Officers from Central North Police District were notified and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incidents.

Police will continue to make regular patrols of the area, and encourage residents to take proactive precautions.

Police ask residents to play their part in deterring thieves through simple measures including securing vehicles, homes, and power boxes.

“Take care with your vehicle and home security,” Acting Inspector Tom Aylett said.

“Always ensure your vehicle is locked and you take personal belongings with you when you leave your car.

“Lock your windows and doors before leaving the house or going to bed.

“Practical measures such as sensor lights installed around the permitter of the home are a good deterrent.”

Tips to ensure home safety and security include:

  • Let a trusted neighbour or family friend know of your whereabouts and contact details if you go on holiday. Ask them to watch your home, empty your mailbox, mow your lawn and, most importantly, call Triple-Zero (000) if they notice anything suspicious or if the smoke alarm activates.
  • Lock away your handyman/gardening tools, which may be used to force open doors or windows, and any item that may be used to gain access to the property or cause damage.
  • Record descriptions, models and serial numbers of your valuables and then put them somewhere safe.
  • Check your doors, windows and garage are locked securely, and remove spare keys from hiding places.
  • If you have a home security alarm, activate it.

If your home has been broken into:

  • Call your local police station immediately.
  • Don’t touch anything. Let police see your home exactly as the thief left it.
  • While you’re waiting for police to arrive, compile a list of what you think is missing; include brand names, model numbers, serial numbers, accurate descriptions and any engraving details.

If you have concerns about possible criminal activity in your local neighbourhood, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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