THEFT remains a significant concern for police in the Warrnambool district with a spate of crimes in the past few months.
Warrnambool police crime prevention officer Senior Constable Mal Agnew said commercial burglaries, the theft of firearms and heavy equipment and stealing from shops leading up to the busy Christmas period were all of concern.
“We had a few commercial premises like the Warrnambool $2 Plus Shop being hit and a few other places and we need to get the message out to people,” he said.
“The theft of firearms have been a problem for some time. We need all firearm owners, particularly farmers, to review their security so that it is not just of minimum standard. Keys need to be kept in a very secure spot.”
Senior Constable Agnew said residents needed to keep a check of their property so there was no easy entry or access to where firearms were stored.
“Farmers need to be aware of strange vehicles, write down registration numbers and look out for not just themselves but their neighbours,” he said.
“Report the sightings of strange vehicles to police or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Sometimes that simple information is a vital clue for police. Keys need to be kept away from heavy machinery so it can’t be moved.”
The crime prevention officer said thefts from shops was always a concern, but especially leading up to the busy Christmas/summer holiday period.
“Shopkeepers and staff need to be aware, make sure expensive items cannot be easily taken and if staff require additional training contact the crime prevention office at the police station. We are more than happy to come out and give advice,” he said.