Quads and bikes the vehicles of choice among Moree thieves

BARWON LAC acting superintendent Andrew Hurst says that motorbikes and quad bikes continue to be a popular target for thieves across the region.

Police believe locations are being specifically targeted due to the presence of trail bikes and quads and that these vehicles are not stolen just for the purpose of joy riding but also for the commission of other crimes.

“While police are employing a number of strategies to target offenders they also need the assistance of the community particularly in the identity of offenders by locals,” Mr Hurst said.

“We appreciate that coming forward may be intimidating but please consider the victims of these crimes and put yourselves in their shoes.

“We know that there are people in the community that know who these offenders are and we want you to come forward.moreepolicestation003

“And while local Police are undertaking a number of strategies to disrupt and detain persons involved with these offences, I urge all owners to take the basic steps to ensure their property isn’t next,” he said.

Barwon Police advise the following:

  • Fit a good quality bike lock, or install an approved anti-theft device;
  • Consider an engine immobiliser; and
  • Don’t leave garage doors or gates open, so that people can see vehicles from the street.

“Residents should be more conscious of the security of their homes and vehicles and take basic steps to ensure they are less likely to become a victim . . . be aware of what’s going in your neighbourhood and if something or someone looks out of place or suspicious please report it immediately,” Mr Hurst said.

Around 3am on January 4 visitors to Moree disturbed a group of males during an attempt to steal motorbikes from a trailer.

A blue/white Yamaha 450 motorbike remains outstanding after it was stolen from a home in south Moree Monday night.

Police believe it is likely the same vehicle named during a number of driving complaints overnight.

A second bike, also stolen on Monday night, from a Heber Street address has since been recovered.

Police urge residents to report any suspicious behaviour immediately.

Anyone with information that may assist police in relation to people wanted by the police; unsolved crimes and/or future crime that is being planned; or suspicious and unusual activity are urged to contact Police either by phoning Barwon Local Area Command on 02 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Media Release: January 4, 2017