11 car break-ins this month prompts Barwon police to remind residents to “remove the temptation”

THEFT from motor vehicles across the Barwon Local Area Command is again on the rise, prompting police to remind local residents and visitors to get security conscious.

Barwon LAC Police are again appealing to local residents and visitors to get security conscious with their vehicles.

Items such as wallets, cigarettes, phones and electronic devices have been stolen from 11 vehicles in the past week – a timely reminder to heed the message: “remove the temptation”.


Barwon police are warning residents to “remove the temptation”. Eleven vehicles have been broken into in the Barwon Local Area Command this month (Image:

Barwon LAC duty officer Kylie Chinnery said that the majority of vehicles were unsecured with valuables on display.

“Thefts from vehicles are happening with increasing regularity right across the command and most items are left in plain view making them easy targets for criminals – these offenders are keen to take advantage of any item left in sight from sunglasses, cash, electrical devices, food or any type of bag which they think may contain valuables,” Inspector Chinnery said.

“While it might seem unfair, or unreasonable, it is unfortunately no longer the case that residents in country towns can afford to be complacent with crime prevention. We must work together to improve security, report criminal activity and protect our communities,” she said.

“Lock your homes, lock your cars, don’t leave valuables in plain sight and if you witness persons acting suspiciously or activities that seem strange and out of the ordinary then report it to your local Police straight away – nobody knows your community better than you.”

Anyone with information about overnight incidents should call their local Police.

Alternatively information can be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Police remind people they should not report crime information via police Facebook and Twitter pages.

Media Release: September 8, 2017