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Police hit the web

Monday, 4th March, 2013

Police hit the web Police hit the web

By Gayle Ball

Police said they monitor online sites such as Facebook in order to catch people trying to sell stolen items.

Detective Acting Inspector Steve Lincoln said it was just one of the many ways the police force's anti-theft unit tried to track down those responsible for stealing in Broken Hill.

Secondhand stores and pawnbrokers also had to report to police on a regular basis and police also relied on the public to report items for sale they believe may have been stolen.

Det. Insp. Lincoln said opportunistic crime - where thieves steal from unsecured cars and homes - was a problem in the city.

"Unfortunately, the way it is these days, you just have to lock your doors.

"We'd encourage people to be diligent about their security."

He said it is an offence to leave an unattended vehicle unlocked or with keys in the ignition, and that it could attract a $99 fine.

"The police would be reluctant to issue these infringement notices unless there was a good reason.

"It's a legislative incentive to get people to lock their cars and be diligent or mindful about their security."

This year a number of cars - many of which were left unlocked - were targeted by thieves in the city's north. A laptop computer and cash were among the items reported stolen in the spate of thefts which occurred over a couple of nights.

Investigations into those incidents are continuing.

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