Lock it or Lose it is again the message of this week as Barrier District Police observe a slight increase in property theft around the Silver City over the past week.
With eight out of 10 homes entered by car thieves via unlocked doors or windows, and eight out of 10 cars stolen using the owner’s keys, police are asking, Where are your keys right now?
And with a staggering 70 per cent of thieves entering homes while victims are asleep, and 50 per cent of vehicles stolen when left unlocked, often with a remote to the garage inside the vehicle, police are reminding residents to not make it so easy for thefts to occur.
Barrier District Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Dwayne De Vries says, if your wallet is stolen, thieves can use your cash and your identity.
“When at home, lock your doors and windows, and don’t leave keys, wallets or other valuables visible from outside your home or near entrances.
“Lock your vehicle and always remove and take your ignition keys and garage remotes. Take everything of value from your vehicle each time you leave it.
OPERATION AMAROK – TARGETING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS
Operation Amarok IV, an intelligence-based policing strategy led by each region’s Domestic Violence High-Risk Offender Teams (DVHROT), ran from Wednesday October 11 until Saturday October 14 and involved officers from all police area commands and police districts across the state, as well as various proactive and specialist units.
“We had some good results during this operation and it will come up again,” said Inspector De Vries.
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man wanted on an outstanding warrant, as part of Operation AMAROK. Rodney Mitchell, aged 33, is wanted by virtue of an outstanding arrest warrant in relation to a Domestic Violence Related Offence.
Mr Mitchell is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, about 160cm to 170cm tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes and is known to frequent the Broken Hill area.
As police continue to conduct inquiries into his whereabouts, they are urging anyone who may have information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence and the public is reminded not to report information via Barrier Police or Barrier Truth social media pages.