Local Police have received numerous reports of steal from motor vehicle within the Richmond Local Area Command in the last week, and Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan has released a timely warning to locals and holidaymakers that with the warmer weather upon us, now is not the time to be complacent by leaving valuables in vehicles or lying about camping sites.

“With the holidays in full swing a warning is being sent out to home owners and holiday makers to remind then of a few simple steps to protect their homes, vehicles and property,” Senior Constable Hogan said.

“The key is to make your home appear like it is being lived in and remove anything which indicates that you are not there.

“The protection of property with you, whilst you are away, is also important.

“Police are encouraging holiday makers to take as much care with their property whilst they are away at holiday accommodation, such as motels and caravan parks.

“Thieves go on holidays too. It is important to take due care of valuables which accompany you on your holidays.

“Due to a recent increase in break and enters at motels and caravan parks, the Richmond Crime Office is conducting a heightened operation on car parks, shopping centre car parks accommodation premises and caravan parks.”

Senior Constable Hogan said that when doors at motels are left unlocked, keys are left in cars and motel doors, property is left in vehicles unattended, or left outside the tent or caravan, it creates a soft target for the opportunistic thief.

“Police encourage holiday makers to look out for their neighbours both at home and at holiday locations, allowing for a peaceful, trouble-free vacation,” he said

“Recent reports have been where valuables such as mobiles, handbags and GPS systems are left in the vehicle in plain sight and have been the target of opportunistic offenders.

“A need exists for motorists to remove valuables from the vehicle when unoccupied or lock them in a safe storage area out of site.

“Car boot security safe storage facilities are available from car-part sellers and are easily fitted inside the boot area.”