A BREAK-IN at another south-west sporting club was discovered over the weekend, making it three targeted by thieves in a matter of days.
Cricketers arriving for Saturday’s match discovered the Allansford Football Netball Club had been hit by burglars between 10pm Thursday and 11am Saturday.
Nothing was believed to have been stolen but the forced entry caused considerable damage, police said.
The break-in follows similar incidents at Koroit Bowls Club on Wednesday night and Port Fairy Golf Club early Thursday morning, but Senior Constable Kim Wheeler, of Warrnambool police, said it was unknown if the crimes were connected.
“It’s possible they may be linked, but we aren’t able to be 100 per cent on that,” Senior Constable Wheeler said.
“All three break-ins have targeted cash on the premises.”
Senior Constable Wheeler said the Allansford Football Netball Club rooms were entered after the culprits kicked open a front door.
“Once inside they’ve forced numerous other doors and tried to get into a safe but were unsuccessful,” she said.
“It’s unknown if anything was stolen at this stage.”
Crime scene investigators visited the three sporting clubs. Senior Constable Wheeler said sporting clubs were sometimes seen as easy targets because they were often isolated.
“That’s why club officials and members need to be vigilant and to ensure cash isn’t kept on site and to consider installing security alarm systems,” she said.
“Then they are more likely to deter offenders and they’re not making themselves easy targets.
“The more secure the premises appears, the more it reduces the likelihood of offenders gaining access.”
Anyone with information on the break-ins at Allansford, Koroit or Port Fairy should contact Warrnambool police.