Kwinana police warn residents to lock doors, windows and garages after a series of burglaries in Baldivis

Kwinana police warn residents to lock doors, windows and garages after a series of burglaries in Baldivis

KWINANA police officers are warning homeowners in Baldivis to secure their homes after a series of brazen thefts through unlocked doors and windows.

First class constable Aaron Rigby said these types of burglaries are a “recurring theme” for officers.

“If we can prevent offenders having easy access it will make our job so much easier,” he said.

“The amount of houses that have their garage doors open while driving through Baldivis is alarming.

“All it takes is for one person to see this and walk in and take something without being seen.”

On Sunday night for example, two high value bikes worth thousands of dollars, were stolen from Baldivis.

Constable Rigby said both bikes were stolen via open garages.

He said neighbours should also look out for each other and warn next door if they see parts of the house left open.

Constable Rigby said failing to lock up can also affect insurance claims.

“Most insurance companies ask if you have an alarm system and what security features you have in place,” he said.

“If you lodge a claim saying you left the door open and someone walked inside and stole something there is a very large chance they may not pay out for the claim.”

Any possessions left on display to the street can be fair game for burglars, according to Constable Rigby.

“We are always conducting high visibility patrols,” he said.

“If people secure their homes it makes our jobs so much easier and I believe the amount of burglaries will decrease as a result.”

Constable Rigby’s top security tips:

Close garage doors, especially at night.

Lock doors and windows, including vehicles on driveways.

Don’t leave valuables on display that can be seen by others.

Neighbours – remind each other to be security aware.