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Thefts prompt Rochester patrol blitz

Police are increasing their patrols around the Rochester district following a rash of thefts.

ELAINE COONEY May 29, 2014 3:10am

Leading Senior Constable John Atley and Sergeant Dale Sim hit the beat. Photo: Elaine Cooney

Rochester and Elmore police are increasing patrols following a spate of opportunistic thefts from vehicles and properties.

Rochester police changed its roster so members could patrol the district at all hours of the day and night.

This month, dozens of tools were stolen from the back of utes, unlocked premises and unsecured sheds.

‘‘It would assist us if (residents) would please lock away their personal items and deter opportunity thieves,’’ Sergeant Dale Sim said.

Leading Senior Constable John Atley said he noticed a 25 per cent spike in crime this month.

He believed the crimes were being carried out by a small number of people who may be new to the area.

Elmore’s Senior Constable Dave Rowland echoed the sentiments.

Sen. Constable Rowland said Elmore’s football and harness racing clubrooms had been targets of opportunistic theft in the past few weeks.

Intruders stole $400 worth of alcohol from the football clubrooms and a bar fridge and soft drink valued at $450 from the harness racing club.

Sen. Constable Rowland said the organisations were taking the necessary precautions to secure their premises, but intruders targeted isolated venues because they could make noise and not be heard.

Leading Sen. Constable Atley asked the community to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.

He said information from residents was extremely valuable to police investigations.

Leading Sen. Constable Atley stressed that while patrols were being increased, the station was still staffed 16 hours a day and any suspicious activity could be reported to 000.

Elaine Cooney

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