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Preventing theft

Wednesday, 6th July, 2011

LOCK UP: Gavin Kersten, one of the managers of the Lakeview Caravan Park, is encouraging visitors to be “Park Smarter”. LOCK UP: Gavin Kersten, one of the managers of the Lakeview Caravan Park, is encouraging visitors to be “Park Smarter”.

Police are warning tourists to lock up their caravans after a number of thefts in the city recently.

Acting Inspector Dave Gallagher said police were asking visitors to ensure their vans are locked, even if they leave them for a short period of time.

Act Insp Gallagher said eskys and Engel fridge-freezers were among items that have been targeted by thieves.

He said that as most of these thefts are opportunistic, it is important to ensure everything is locked and out of sight.

If visitors have anything of value they should put it in the boot of their car, cover it up or keep them on their persons, he said.

“There is opportunistic crime everywhere in NSW. Sometimes people don’t plan it (but they see it and) take it.”

Act Insp Gallagher said the police will be doing normal patrols of caravan parks but at no set time.

“We will be patrolling areas (and) will continue to do that,” he said.

Christine Kersten, a co-manager of the Lakeview Caravan Park, said it was important visitors kept valuables with them at all times.

She said the Lakeview Caravan Park participates in the “Park Smart” initiative, a campaign that works in conjunction with police.

“We’re doing the Park Smart campaign with police. (It advises people) to keep valuables with them at all times and to lock units at night,” Mrs Kersten said.

“It is working pretty good too.”

However Mrs Kersten said sometimes visitors were pretty relaxed.

“You don’t know who is beside you or coming into the park,” she said.

She said she appreciated the police doing regular patrols of the parks.

 

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