Steal from motor vehicle offences has been the category of crime where the number of incidents are unacceptable to us as Police. Property stolen from cars are often visible to the opportunist criminal who target areas where there is a large congregation of vehicles such as shopping centres, railway stations and home unit areas.
This year has seen criminals commiting this offence at night where they walk down residential streets looking for unlocked vehicles and they are also suspected of using an electronic device that can open cars that are locked remotely. This we believed may have occurred recently in Stanwell Tops and Thirroul/Austinmer areas.
Over the past month there has been 3 break, enter and steal offences committed in the Helensburgh area where motocross motorcycles were targeted and stolen from a locked garage. The Holy Cross Primary school also had entry forced where offender/s broke a window to the office area and stolen electrical items and damaged furniture. The other incident involved a carton containing bottles of oil being stolen from the shell garage. Motocross bikes have recently been stolen from Helensburgh previously so it may appear the same offender/s are operating in the area. Other crime categories are reasonably low for the northern suburbs.
Over the past month steal from motor vehicle offences have been on the increase throughout the Wollongong Command, however this not seem to be the trend in the northern suburbs. Stealing offences in night clubs have been occurring where unattended handbags and mobile phones are being targeted by opportunistic criminals. Alcohol related offences such as malicious damage and assaults as well as general anti social behaviour has increased which is what occurs as the warmer weather approaches.
There has been a few break, enter and steal offences committed on commercial premises where small amounts of money and property have been stolen. Other areas of crime such as malicious damage and assaults have remained steady with some incidents of graffiti being further investigated as the offenders have been captured on CCTV footage.
There has been a rise in a number of trail bikes being stolen from garages in the Camden Police patrol where the offenders use utes and vans to transport the stolen bikes (the image shown is NOT actual footage). A couple of years ago Helensburgh was targeted so owners need to be aware and ensure their bikes are secured. Any suspicious vehicles should be reported to Police with registration number and description.
There has been a number of stealing offences being committed in beach car parks over the past month. Thirroul has had two cars stolen from the beach area which has been used as a getaway vehicle for offender/s committing bag snatch type offences in other parts of the Wollongong patrol.
On other occasions surfers appear to be the target and it is most likely that the offender/s watch the movements of their victim and then when they are surfing their vehicles are broken into or personal effects stolen from the beach.
The township of Helensburgh over the past few months has been subjected to various types of crimes and anti-social behaviour including break, enter and steal offences upon the Tigers RLFC, pool, Soccer club,Bilo and the newsagency, stealing of property from the Salvation army which has been donated, stealing of copper wire from the mine and garbage bins. Garbage bins have been knocked over deliberately by motor vehicles, rubbish dumped on Princes Hwy, burn out marks on the roads, unregistered trail bikes being ridden around town and young males being ejected from the Workers Club.
Whilst in other areas of our patrol there has been a number of stealing offences being committed in retail stores and upon licensed premises there has been low numbers of incidents of criminal offences being committed in the township of Helensburgh.