Police issue warning over safebreakers


POLICE are warning business and home owners to keep their safes safe, following a spate of robberies.

A well-organised gang of thieves, using sophisticated cutting equipment, has stolen seven safes from premises in Lismore, Casino, Coraki and Evans Head recently.

The latest safe theft happened at the weekend in Woodburn Street, Evans Head.

Many of the safes have been cut open and dumped in places like car parks and vacant lots.

None of the safes were physically secured to the building, said Crime Prevention Officer Snr Const Michael Hogan.

"People have the misguided view that just because valuables are in a safe, thieves can't get them," he said.

"However, if that safe can be removed it offers no protection."

Snr Const Hogan said some of the safes recently stolen were extremely large and heavy ? one was more than a metre square. They could only have been lifted by a group.

He said it appeared the thieves had good local knowledge and had researched their targets.

A large amount of cash has been stolen from the safes, as well as comprehensive business and personal records, tax records, computer discs which back up accounting and re- cords systems, jewellery and confidential staff information.

Acting Crime Manager Insp Anne Langford said business houses needed to take immediate security measures to secure their safes from easy removal.

She said police were offering business houses a free security service to assist them to become a 'hardened target' and reduce the risk of theft.

To get more help and advice call Snr Const Hogan on 6623 1523.

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