ACT Policing are once again urging Canberra residents to review their home security measures, following a recent spike in burglaries in and around the inner-north suburbs of Braddon and Ainslie.
Today (18 February 2010) police released a face-fit image of a male suspect responsible for a burglary in Lyneham on 8 February 2010.
Between 7.30-9.30pm, the male offender gained entry to a property on Deburgh Street, and stole an Apple notebook computer, jewellery and some cash.
A neighbour told police that he had disturbed a male offender trying to gain entry to his residence on the same evening as the above burglary.
The offender is described as a Caucasian male, aged in his twenties, approximately 170 cm (5’7”) tall, with a slim/medium build and short auburn hair. He was wearing khaki shorts, a navy blue T-shirt and had a black backpack with grey stripes over his shoulders.
Acting Sergeant Mark Battye from the Crime Prevention team said this burglary is a reminder for the community of the importance of securing your property and residence.
“We are encouraging people to not become complacent with their home security by ensuring that doors and windows are secure at all times,” A/Sgt Battye said.
“While you may be at home and believe it is safe to leave a door open, it can only take a few seconds for a bold thief to enter your property, steal something and leave.”
Residential burglaries are usually opportunistic in nature, with offenders targeting small valuable items that can be grabbed quickly and easily resold for cash. These items include laptops, DVD players, wallets, handbags and MP3 players.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of securing your home and valuables to reduce your chances of being targeted by a thief,” A/Sgt Battye said.
Once again, the community are being asked to be vigilant and alert in their neighbourhood, by reporting any suspicious activity or behaviour in your area to police.
“If it wasn’t for the vigilance of the neighbour in Lyneham, we would not have a detailed description of the offender. If you suspect that crime is being committed near where you live, contact Police Operations 131 444,” A/Sgt Battye said.
Police are appealing for anyone who may know the identity of the above offender or who may have any information about a burglary in their neighbourhood to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.
Further information and tips on securing your property is available on the AFP website at www.afp.gov.au/act/crime_prevention/personal.html
Anybody with any information about this crime or any other crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Report Crime Online.