Warrnambool police warn days of leaving homes unlocked well and truly past

AN 18-YEAR-OLD Warrnambool teenager has been charged with aggravated burglary after entering an unlocked home, taking keys and stealing an $18,000 Nissan vehicle.

Detective Senior Constable ​Wayne Ryan , of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said that on February 21 the offender entered an unlocked home in Whites Road at about 2am.

He took the keys, stole the vehicle and it was recovered the next day parked out the front of the South West Credit Union in Lava Street.

"He was arrested, interviewed, charged with aggravated burglary and theft, released on bail and will appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on June 26," he said.

"It's timely to remind all residents that everyone is responsible for their own safety. Taking simple precautions like locking all doors and windows of their home is a basic first step.

"Sadly the days of leaving your doors and windows unlocked in Warrnambool, or any other part of Victoria, and knowing you are safe are well and truly past," he said.