Thieves still targeting bikes and quads in the Moree district

BARWON LAC crime manager, detective inspector David Silversides, says that motorbikes and quad bikes continue to be a popular target for thieves across the vast Barwon command.

Police believe locations are being specifically targeted due to the presence of trail bikes and quads and that these vehicles are stolen not just for 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 to identify offenders by locals,” Mr Silversides said.

There are currently 18 motorbikes in the Police holding yard which have been seized or recovered in Moree.

Despite the seizures, offenders continue to target these items, with a Polaris quad bike recently stolen from a property outside Moree.

Early this morning, offenders were disturbed in an attempt to remove a motorbike from a trailer.moreepolicestation003

“While we appreciate that coming forward may be intimidating, consider the victims of these crimes,” Mr Silversides said.

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

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.

Information in the form of locations, possible offenders or suspicious activity is welcomed by the Police and can be reported via calls to the Moree Police Station on 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Residents are reminded that Moree Police are available 24 hours a day – do not wait till the morning to report incidents of crime of suspicious activity in your area,” Mr Silversides said.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy is in custody after his arrest at Narrabri on Monday after Police attached to Barwon Local Area Command responded to a break-in at a Narrabri business.

Investigations led Police to attend a private residence where the teenager was taken into custody without incident.

The local boy was charged and remains in custody at Moree Police Station pending an appearance at Bail Court some time on Tuesday.

Media Release: January 10, 2017

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