Wingecarribee Shire Council is joining forces with Police Officers from the Hume Local Area Command (LAC) to help combat opportunistic crime.
The education campaign is an initiative of the Wingecarribee Community Safety Committee which includes representatives from local Police, Council, businesses and community members.
Council’s Group Manager Corporate and Community, Nick O’Connor explained the purpose of the month-long campaign.
“While our Shire doesn’t have a particularly serious crime problem, the Community Safety Committee is of the opinion that vigilance can nonetheless act as a great deterrent,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Our colleagues at the Hume LAC suggest that reducing temptation can have a flow-on effect and aid in reducing petty crime.
“Incidents of opportunistic theft from cars for example can be dramatically reduced if we all make small changes to our behaviour.”
Key messages from the campaign include reminding motorists to lock their cars and not keep valuables and personal items in their vehicles.
“Just because we live in a semi-rural area like the Southern Highlands shouldn’t mean we become complacent about car security,” Mr O’Connor added.
“And simply removing the temptation can go a long way to ensuring your car and property remains safe and secure.”
As part of the initiative Council Rangers will be leaving ‘Calling cards’ on vehicles parked in the Shire’s key shopping areas throughout the month of April. These cards will detail simple car security tips.
For more information on how to keep your car safe visit www.crimeprevention.nsw.gov.au.