Letter To The Public
Police are urging residents to lock their vehicles and secure their possessions in response to a recent spike in opportunistic thefts.
Officer in charge of Parkes Police, Chief Inspector Dave Cooper has a simple message for everyone, “Lock your vehicles.” Recent incidents have been very opportunistic in nature, whereby offenders are checking cars parked on the street or in driveways, and if they are unlocked, they have entered the vehicles and stolen anything of value. If the cars are locked, the offenders have move on.
The same principle applies with property that has been left unattended in a front yard or on a veranda. If it is easy to grab, the offenders may target it. If it is locked away, they won’t get the chance.
Unfortunately, the days of leaving our cars and homes unlocked, due to our laid-back country lifestyle, are over. We need to target harden and make it difficult for offenders. Police are also urging residents to be vigilant, if you see or hear something that does not seem right, call the Police.
Police will be increasing proactive patrols in response, but they just cannot be everywhere, we are calling on our community to do their bit and lock up.
Chief Inspector David Cooper Central
West Police District