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Lock your property and report suspicious behaviour

POLICE are reminding people in the Clarence and Sorell communities to lock their belongings including homes, cars and businesses, and to report suspicious behaviour at the time.

“In recent months, there have been a number of thefts from vehicles and buildings in Cambridge, Bellerive and Howrah,” Bellerive CIB Detective Inspector George Cretu said.

“Unfortunately, many of these crimes also involve a car, ute or truck being stolen and set on fire.

“The thefts have caused loss to individuals and businesses and in some cases, could have been prevented by protecting property and reporting suspect behaviour.

“A number of victims heard unusual sounds or saw someone lurking around homes, businesses or parked cars late at night, but did not report it to police.

“People have even seen fully-laden vehicles leaving building sites late at night.

“I strongly encourage anyone who sees or hears something they consider to be suspect or out of place to report it to police at the time or as soon as they can.”

A number of thefts have occurred overnight where belongings have been stolen from unattended vehicles, including valuables and tools.

“Thieves are often opportunistic and if they see property or valuables left unattended in a vehicle, they may attempt to steal them,” Inspector Natasha Freeman, who is responsible for uniform policing on the Eastern Shore, said.

“Recently items including house keys, bags, purses, money, credit cards, tools, phones and computers have been left in vehicles and stolen.

“We have police covering Clarence and Sorell 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but we need the community to help us.

“By locking your property, removing valuables and reporting suspicious behaviour, you can help to deter offenders.”

Anyone who sees or hears suspicious activity is urged to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Tasmania Police urge everyone to:

  • Always lock windows and doors.
  • Remove valuables or place them out of sight.
  • Consider installing deadlocks, alarms, security lights, sensors and/or CCTV.
  • If you have CCTV, review footage regularly to ensure camera is in working order.
  • Photograph valuable items and record serial numbers.

Caption: A burnt-out stolen ute recovered recently by Bellerive Police.