Roma car theft crimes could have been prevented
MULTIPLE car thefts that occurred in Roma over the weekend could of been prevented if people had bothered to lock them.
This is according to acting Senior Sergeant Ben Wiltshire, who said the five different vehicles targeted by the thieves were all left unlocked.
"It's frustrating for us that so many vehicles are left unsecured with valuables inside," Senior Sgt Wiltshire said.
"We know that locking cars dramatically decreases theft and if not prevents it.
"These are opportunistic crimes and if they get the chance then they will."
Various items were stolen from the vehicles at four separate locations over the weekend.
Two Roma teenagers, aged 15 and 16, have been charged with the theft from one of the vehicles.
It is alleged that the two boys stole cash, keys and a Leatherman from a vehicle and were also involved in the theft of a motorbike that has since been recovered.
The 2005 Suzuki trail bike was left with the keys in the ignition in an unsecured carport.
Various items including cash, a mobile phone, a phone charger, an ashtray, a credit card and a wallet have been reported missing in the other instances of car theft.
Police are investigating the involvement of other people in the crime that has seen two boys charged over and have strong leads in the other offences.
"It's hard to help prevent instances like this if people are not taking responsibility for their belongings," he said.
"It just makes sense to lock your car."
If you see a crime happening or have information regarding the car thefts report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.