I would like to remind everyone, in particular our farmers, to be extra vigilant in keeping an eye out for suspicious behaviour in the rural areas. As many would be aware, there was a spate of farm thefts and burglaries north of Lake Grace in the Pingaring area around Christmas in which hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of property was stolen. Thankfully, the offenders were found red handed in their camp by local farmers who were on the ball and held them for police. While this occurred out of our area, one of the offenders has previously lived and worked in the Pingaring and Lake Grace area but more recently, in the Dumbleyung/Kukerin area. We believe if not caught, they would have eventually moved their offending our way.
That being said, there was recently a theft from a Moulyinning property while the occupants were away. Fortunately, the farmer had set up cameras on his driveways and captured the offending vehicle which we have supplied an image of for your information. This vehicle and individual is known to police as he has a history of attending farms unannounced looking to buy old tools or decorative bits of old machinery. If the occupants are present, he will often legitimately buy items but when there is no one around, he will help himself. On some occasions, he will speak to the farmer and when refused, will come back after dark or when he sees the farmer leave and steal the items he wants.
Keep an eye out for the vehicle or any people visiting unannounced and wanting to buy old items. Please report any of this behaviour to police.
Firearm cabinet checks are still being conducted when we get the chance so please ensure your cabinets comply with construction and anchoring.
Other than that, we wish you all a successful and prosperous 2019. With school being back, remember to slow down in the school 40kph zones.
Article by Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg