DESPITE an overall crime decrease in Wangaratta this year, a rise in theft has led frustrated police to urge locals to lock up their property and vehicles.
The latest figures from the Crime Statistics Agency for the year ending 2017 indicate a 2.5 per cent decrease in recorded offences in Wangaratta compared to last year.
A total 2488 offences were recorded for the year ending September 30, 2017, compared to 2554 offences recorded in the year ending September 30, 2016.
Acting Inspector Mark de Haan of Wangaratta police said he was pleased to see that crime had reduced in our local government area, and attributed the good news to strong partnerships with stakeholders in our community.
However, he said an increase in theft exemplified a long-standing problem of locals failing to lock up their property.
This year’s data recorded 559 theft offences, revealing a 10 per cent increase from last year’s recorded 508 offences.
Act Insp de Haan said theft was a big issue in Wangaratta, and urged the community to do their part by locking up their properties and goods to deter opportunists.
“The days of leaving your doors unlocked are long gone,” he said.
“Lock up your goods, whether it be sheds, cars, caravans or other things outside the home.