Police from Cootamundra Local Area Command are reminding residents to remain vigilant with their home security and take steps to avoid being the victim of opportunistic thieves this summer.
With families preparing to go away for the Christmas and New Year break, residents are being reminded to review their home security measures and ensure their houses are safe from thieves.
Superintendent Andrew Spliet said, thieves don’t take holidays and now is the time to look at your home security measures.
“This is the time of year when families are preparing to relax and enjoy Christmas with their loved ones, not have it ruined by a thief,” Superintendent Spliet said.
“Whether you are staying home or taking a trip away, now is the time to make sure your house and belongings are safe from thieves.
“It is important to remember this can be a popular time of year for thieves to strike and get a bargain by stealing your property.”
Young Police Station’s Acting Inspector Kristin Marshall has said that residents should “use common sense”, make sure houses and cars are locked and report suspicious behavior to police.
The public are warned thieves can strike at any time but most intruders hope to avoid confrontations.
Whenever you leave your home, lock all doors and windows but maintain a ‘lived in’ appearance by using timer devices to turn lights and radios on/off at different times.
Superintendent Spliet also reminded residents to secure their belongings and not leave valuables, handbags, wallets, car keys, and cash lying around their house.
“Be careful when decorating your home for the Christmas festivities and avoid displaying presents under the tree if they can be seen from the street,” he said.
“This could tempt thieves who want to steal your property while you are away.
“Be sure to keep your garage door and internal doors to your garage closed and locked, even if you’ll only be away for a short time.
“It is important to also secure your vehicle when it is parked in your garage or driveway.
“The NSW Police Force needs your help to combat house break-ins and track down these thieves this summer.”
If your home has been broken into call your local police station immediately.
Do not touch anything. Let police see your home exactly as the thief left it.
While you are 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.
For further information or if you notice anything suspicious contact your local Police Crime Prevention Officer at Young Police Station on 63828199 or alternatively you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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