By GEORGE CRETU*
SINCE the beginning of July a number of break-ins to cars parked in driveways has occurred in Bridgewater. These have mainly occurred in the area surrounded by Eddington Street, Green Point Road and Finlay Street. The main times have been from midnight to 7am. On two recent occasions alert residents disturbed hoodie-wearing males who ran away. The break-ins involved smashing windows and have not been restricted to any particular model of car. As a result, Bridgewater Police has stepped up patrols in the area and as usual we urge you to report any suspicious behaviour as soon as possible to police on 131444 at any time day or night. As always I also encourage residents to take the time to remove any money and valuable items from their cars overnight and park in an area covered by security lighting or preferably behind locked gates or in a secure garage if you have one.
Motor vehicle theft, including motorcycles has also been on the rise in the Brighton municipality including outer areas such as Pontville and Broadmarsh. Again, I urge residents not to leave cars unlocked and secure ignition keys. This includes during the day. One recent car theft involved a worker’s ute being stolen while he was involved with construction work nearby. In this case the keys were left in the ignition. Luckily that car was recovered later that day in Glenorchy and the thief was arrested and charged.
Bridgewater Police has also had some recent successes with the recovery of stolen motorbikes. In one case a 29-year-old man from Farrow Place Bridgewater was charged by Bridgewater detectives with multiple crimes and offences including the stealing of motorcycles, evading police and drug offences. Over the weekend in question, three stolen motorbikes were seized and these bikes and riders had, in the lead-up, been the subject of a number of reports from concerned residents due to riding on footpaths and other dangerous acts of stupidity around the local community.
*George Cretu is Inspector Bridgewater Division, Tasmania Police