Police are warning us to lock our cars and garages following a spate of robberies in the Northern Illawarra in recent days.
Overnight, two cars have been broken into in the Hewitts Ave area of Thirroul. Earlier this week four robberies were reported from cars in the new development near the show ground at Bulli.
Inspector Darren Brown from Wollongong Police says most of the break-ins have been opportunistic.
“There have been several incidents of cars being broken into and property stolen in the area between Austinmer and Wonoona,” he says. “In most cases, it appears the thieves have just walked along and tried car doors until they find one that opens,” he says. “Always lock your car. Even if you’re only going to be five minutes.”
And he’s urging us not to leave valuables in our vehicles.
“People constantly leave handbags, laptops and keys in their cars. Thieves will smash a window to get to these things. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you have to, never leave them in plain sight.”
And he says it’s also vital you lock your garage. “It’s alarming how many people leave their garages unlocked,” he says. “If it’s open, people can, and will, walk right in!”
With criminals about, police are calling on us to keep our eyes peeled. “If you see anyone acting suspiciously please give us a call,” says Insp. Brown. ” And if you see any vehicles that seem to be out of place, take down their license plate number and let us know so we can take action.”