Shepparton police warn people to be vigilant about securing property.By Riahn Smith
October is community safety month and Shepparton residents are being urged to lock up their valuables and keep an eye on their neighbours.
Shepparton police Crime Prevention Officer Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said a recent spate of thefts from cars was a timely reminder people should be vigilant about securing their property.
‘‘I think it must be the nature of country people, they tend to get a bit blasé about securing their property and it seems offenders are making the most of that at the moment,’’ Leading Sen Const Gibson said.
‘‘It’s particularly been a problem with utes and trailers. A lot of power tools have been stolen and they’re often not covered by insurance, which can be costly.
‘‘There’s also been damage done to some cars, but they’ve often been unlocked and an easy target.
‘‘It’s a bit deterrent if the vehicle is locked and valuables tucked away out of sight.’’
Community Safety Group Neighbourhood Watch president John Ross said it was up to residents to help keep the community safe.
Mr Ross, who has volunteered with the group for a decade, urged people to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and report it to police immediately.
He urged people to get involved in the group and promote the Neighbourhood Watch message.
‘‘People are wandering the streets at night and causing trouble and this is the type of behaviour we’re trying to stop,’’ Mr Ross said.
‘‘If we can stop a crime, that’s a real bonus to us, that’s what we’re all about. We want to let people know they’re not going to get away with breaking the law.’’
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