Most Katherine homes still unlocked

EASY PREY: Most Katherine homes are still left unlocked. Picture: supplied.

EASY PREY: Most Katherine homes are still left unlocked. Picture: supplied.

MORE than half the robberies from Katherine homes happen because doors and windows are left unlocked.

Police want Katherine residents to ensure valuable items are in a secure area of your house – almost every unlawful entry has resulted in keys and a vehicle being stolen.

Northern Territory police want residents to take a few simple steps to help deter opportunistic property crime in their community.

Katherine Police Station officer in charge, Tony Bennet, said there have been a number of recent examples of opportunistic thieves unlawfully entering private properties which were left unsecured.

“Too often police are responding to cases where offenders have taken advantage of an unlocked door,” Sen.-Sgt Bennet said.

He said in the last reporting year 66 per cent of unlawful entries were via unlocked doors or windows.

“This is a timely reminder to the public to make sure they are taking the appropriate steps to deter opportunistic crime.”

If you see any suspicious activity in your local community, please report it to Police on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.                                              

Police remind the public to do the following:

Lock your homes when no one is home and secure them at night time before going to bed.

Always lock your vehicle and ensure valuable items are not left in your car within view of others.

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