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Vigilance urged

08 Sep 2016

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Southbank Police station commander Snr Sgt Steve Bills says he feels like a “broken record” when it comes to talking about avoidable thefts in Southbank.

Snr Sgt Bills said he and his team continued to respond to property-related crimes more regularly than anything else, which mainly came in the form of theft from, or of, motor vehicles.

“I feel like I’m repeating myself again and again but the majority of crime in Southbank is what we call property-related crime – so theft from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicles,” he said.

“Particularly around Southbank, with all of our vertical housing, crime is around people not locking their storage cages. Because they don’t lock their cars, they don’t lock their storage cages because they believe that they’re in a secure area.”

“These are crimes that are never going to be solved by police, so again we are urging the community to take greater care with their property.”

Snr Sgt Bills urged locals to not leave anything exposed in their vehicles, as often something as small as a few coins could invite a thief to break in.

He also said the perception that residential car parking complexes were secure was a misnomer and he encouraged residents to be aware of tailgating and strangers.

Thefts of bicycles also continues to cause police headaches and Snr Sgt Bills said it was important to purchase a proper lock when leaving bicycles unattended.

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