Local police are investigating six separate break-ins across Murray Bridge over the past month and seeking assistance from the public to locate the offenders.
Sometime between Sunday, January 1 and Thursday, January 12, a Waeco car fridge was stolen from an unlocked property on Swanport Road.
A shed on Joyce Street was broken into and several children’s toys were taken between 5.30pm on Friday, February 3 and 1.30pm on Friday, February 10.
A shed on Long Island Road was broken into and a Stiger lawn mower stolen between 5pm on Wednesday, February 8 and 8am on Thursday, February 9.
Sometime between Sunday 1 and Thursday 12 January another shed on Long Flat Road was broken into, and an old winch, stainless steel handrail, propeller and timber flooring stolen.
A building at the Murray Bridge Primary School was broken into somewhere between 6.30pm on Thursday, February 9 and 6.20am Friday 10 February.
However, when police attended the scene to investigate, it appears nothing has been taken.
Between 6.30pm on Thursday, February 9 and 7.30am on Friday, February 10, a shed on Ramsay Street was broken into.
An amount of sporting equipment including two sets of golf clubs - Callaway and Titleist brand, 12 footballs, three tackle bags, eight boxing blocks, eight sets of boxing gloves and mits, three eskies and two 50 litre water containers was stolen.
Police have asked anyone with information on these incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersa.com.au. They reminded that reporters can remain anonymous.
At the beginning of 2017, South Australia Police launched Operation Subtract to combat a recent rise in break-ins across the metropolitan area.
Residents have been urged to be mindful of their home's security, even while they are out in the garden, as many break-ins and thefts are opportunistic.
To reduce the opportunity for thieves to gain entry into homes, police advised residents to consider the following crime prevention security tips:
- Ensure appropriate keyed locks are fitted to all doors and windows.
- Even when you are outside, be sure to lock all doors and windows.
- Lock gates, garages and sheds when not in use.
- House keys, car keys and garage remote controls should be kept in a safe location. Thieves may use them to gain entry to your home or to steal your car.
- Install and activate an alarm system.
- Keep trees and bushes in front of doors and windows trimmed to avoid being used as hiding places.
- Lock all garden tools and ladders away securely so they cannot be used to break into your home.
- Don’t leave valuables in obvious places. Thieves often target jewellery in jewellery boxes on bedroom dressers and other valuables in bedside drawers and cupboards.
- Break down packaging of expensive items and place it in your bin. Don’t leave it next to your bin on the street.
- Lock your meter box to prevent thieves interfering with your power supply (contact your local electricity provider for more information).