Burning off

Police assisted CFA at an address on the Northern Highway, Bylands, on Saturday, in relation to the property owner burning off household materials, which caused a large amount of smoke in the area.

The fire was safely extinguished by the CFA.

Police interviewed the owner, who will be summonsed to the Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

Police would like to remind residents in Mitchell Shire that fire restrictions are in place until May 1.

Coolheads

In a first for the Mitchell police service area, a road safety program designed for young drivers aged 16 to 25 is visiting Wallan on Wednesday, March 2.

The Coolheads Program is thought provoking and sometimes confronting, and may not suitable for younger children.

Tickets are free, but limited, by registering at https://bddy.me/3rWJjcU

Shed security

Police remind residents that securing sheds and garages on residential, rural and commercial properties is essential in preventing thieves from making an easy profit from valuable property.

To better secure sheds or garages: install security lighting/alarms; install good quality CCTV cameras; invest in a heavy gauge padlocks; invest in high, secure fences; lock gates; limit access passes/ account for all keys; get to know neighbours and look out for each other; make a list of valuables – photograph and record serial numbers, make, models, and value; and consider insurance.

Report any suspicious activity to police via calling triple zero if the offenders are still present or call the police assistance line on 131 444.

Theft of vehicles

Vehicles continue to be stolen from residential areas, car parks in shop precincts, railway stations and business yards.

Car Safe has a simple Crime Prevention campaign:

POP: Keys away, out of sight, not on a key hook, bench or in bowl;

LOCK: Doors and windows, even if you are home;

STOP: Sneak theft – these crimes are often opportunistic – don’t give them the opportunity.

Police advise that seven in 10 cars are stolen with their own keys; and offenders sneak into homes by taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows.

Offenders look for keys left in easily accessible places such as on a key hook or in a bowl near the door.

Often the homeowner is present, but unaware of the thief entering the home. For this reason, police use the term ‘sneak thefts’.

In most cases, thieves will actively avoid coming into contact with the homeowner. In fact, in 95 per cent of incidents there is no confrontation with the homeowner.

Visit https://carsafe.com.au/pop-lock-stop for more information.