Burglaries on rise

Lock up, says Sgt Paul Trimble. Picture: Jon Hewson d430585
Lock up, says Sgt Paul Trimble. Picture: Jon Hewson d430585

POLICE continue to be frustrated at the number of homeowners who leave windows and doors unlocked.

South Metropolitan Community Engagement sergeant Paul Trimble said repeated messages to lock all doors and windows even when at home were not getting through, with a spate of opportunistic offences in recent weeks.

�People need to realise that even when they are home, they are still at risk of being a victim of burglary,� he said.

�In a perfect world we could leave our doors and windows unlocked but unfortunately it is not, so we have to take steps to reduce our own risk of becoming a victim of those thieves looking for easy targets.�

Sgt Trimble said homeowners also needed to be aware of the ways burglars cased potential homes.

�Most thieves, when committing a burglary during the day, will knock on the door first to make sure no one is home before breaking in so they don�t get caught,� he said.

�This is why it is important to answer the door if someone knocks on it because if you don�t, they could think no one is home and proceed to break in.

�Night burglaries are totally different to daytime ones as the thieves won�t knock on the door because they will wake the occupants.

�In most cases they won�t force entry either as it makes too much noise and instead, they will walk down the street checking doors and windows of houses until they find one that has been left unlocked.�

He said that while all the blame should rightly fall on those committing the offences, everybody has a part to play to keep their property and valuables secure.

Call 131 444 to report suspicious activity.