Combating home burglaries

SALE police Senior Sergeant Mick Morris is appealing to the community for help in curbing residential burglaries.

“There were almost 29,000 cases of residential burglary reported to police during 2013/14 (across Victoria) and what’s most alarming is that in nearly half (13,266) of these reported cases, there were no signs of forced entry into the premises. That is, the burglar has entered through an open or unlocked door or window,” he said.

Most burglaries are opportunistic and occur during the day when residents are not at home.

“Police across the state are targeting thieves with proactive burglary investigation teams operating in areas where residential burglaries are expected to occur, but, we need the community to help.

“There are a number of simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary,” Senior Sergeant Morris said.

He urged residents to install good quality locks on doors and windows and lock all windows and doors, even when at home.

“Unlocked side and rear doors are the most common entry points for burglars,” he said.

He suggested residents should make their house look occupied at all times.

“For example, ask a neighbour to bring in your mail and bins if you’re away for a while and report suspicious behaviour to police immediately by phoning Triple Zero (000).

The Safer Communities Unit has developed a series of crime prevention fact sheets, available for download at www.police.vic.gov.au