SHOALHAVEN police are investigating thefts from a number of vehicles in Berry, Bomaderry, Shoalhaven Heads, Nowra and Sussex Inlet at the weekend.
But once again police have advised residents to ensure their vehicles are locked to try and deter opportunistic, would-be thieves.
Property was stolen from cars in Albert Street, Berry; Bunberra Street, Bomaderry; Matthews Street, Shoalhaven Heads; Allowrie Crescent, Nowra and Blue Mist Close, Sussex Inlet.
Police said in many instances car owners made it easy for the thieves by not locking their vehicles.
Police are currently investigating the offences and would like to hear from any member of the public who have witnessed suspicious activity in and around these streets, or know the identity of the offenders.
The thieves appear to be targeting power tools, so tradies are reminded of the need to lock their tools boxes when leaving their work vehicles unattended.
Police have provided some additional tips to stop your property being stolen from your car.
Do not leave your vehicle unlocked when you are away from it, even for only a short period. Make sure all windows and doors are secured before leaving the vehicle.
Be aware! It is an offence to leave your vehicle unsecured and unattended.
Protect your valuables: Do not leave your property (including loose change, shopping bags, etc) in plain view in your vehicle, even when it is locked. Take your valuables with you or secure them in the glove box or in the boot compartment. Do not do this in the parking lot, as thieves could be monitoring the area.
Lock all windows and doors: When you are in your vehicle, whether driving or waiting, make sure all the windows and doors are locked. This will make it difficult for opportunistic thieves to open the doors while you are stopped at traffic lights or waiting in a parking area.
Engrave your property with your name or driver’s licence and make a list of the serial number/s of your property.
Do not leave important papers and credit cards in your vehicle.
Be on the lookout for someone who is acting suspiciously, (eg) looking in windows/checking parked vehicles.
Make a note of the person’s appearance, clothing, weapon (if any) and call the police immediately.
You can report any crime or suspicious activities anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 or call Nowra Police on 4421 9699.