Lismore Police Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer Lester Moran and Crime Co-ordinator Sgt Bernadette Ingram with the new Home
Lismore Police Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer Lester Moran and Crime Co-ordinator Sgt Bernadette Ingram with the new Home

Police booklet's lock it up or lose it warning

By BRIAN BIGG news@northernstar.com.au THE continuing problem with burglaries and home invasions on the Northern Rivers has prompted local police to take action to warn residents how to protect themselves.

They have released a new booklet containing the latest information regarding home security and break-in prevention strategies.

Richmond Local Area Command Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, said by securing their homes, residents significantly lowered the risk of them and their families becoming victims of crime.

"Burglary can have a serious impact on families and individuals in a number of different ways," he said. "Many people often feel violated and have difficulty overcoming such experiences."

Even as police released the booklet, there was a report from Ballina of a robbery of a 39-year-old woman on Monday afternoon.

The thieves entered the victim's premises in Brampton Avenue through an unlocked door.

In The Northern Star this week, it was reported Lennox Head newlyweds Nicky and Mark Stanley had lost cameras and wallets when a thief came in as they slept in their unlocked home.

And in Lismore there have been a number of reports over the past three months of a brazen thief walking in and out of homes in Central Lismore in the middle of the night, even entering rooms where people are asleep.

"By securing residences adequately, together we can seek to limit the impact of break and enter crimes in New South Wales," Senior Constable Hogan said.

"Many break and enter crimes can be opportunistic. Thieves will usually target 'easy' premises with low security.

"Use the checklist in the booklet to determine how safe your home is." The booklets will be available at local police stations.



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