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Operation Hurricane 2 - reducing property crime

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The next forum forum is on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 and looks at how we can work together to protect your home.

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Operation Hurricane 2 aims to reduce crimes against property through a policing response that will disrupt, disable and dismantle criminal activity in all locations across the state. The crimes specifically targeted are break-ins to homes and businesses, theft from and theft of motor vehicles, theft of bicycles; building site theft, and property damage.

Previous operations in 2017 and 2018 achieved significant success in reducing break-ins.

As part of Operation Hurricane 2 a significant number of additional resources from across SAPOL have been proactively targeting clusters of these types of crimes. As part of this approach, a dedicated Volume Crime Section has also been established to analyse trends and identify repeat offenders to assist with the targeted deployment of resources with a view to disrupting criminal activities.

What you can do

You can do your part too – you don’t have to go to extremes to protect your property. All you need to do is take some simple crime prevention measures to protect your homes, businesses, property and vehicles. You can also report suspicious behaviour immediately by calling the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

See our full range of safety and security booklets and fact sheets

During Operation Hurricane 2, Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with SA Police are running a five-week campaign on Facebook and on this web page (see below) providing helpful videos and short tips you can follow to make sure you don’t become a victim of crime.

Each week the campaign will highlight a specific security topic with tips for protecting:

  • businesses
  • your vehicle
  • your home
  • your bike
  • building sites.

Week 3 - Home security

Watch our three handy Home Security video clips: Perimeter Security, Exterior Security and Interior Security or watch them below.

Some simple things for you to consider include:

Perimeter:

  • Is the area around your house free from items that an offender could use to break in like bricks, ladders and garden tools?
  • Are sheds, garages and outbuildings locked at all times?
  • Have you trimmed trees and plantings to provide good surveillance from the road?
  • Are vehicles at the premises secured with all belongings removed when not in use?
  • If you have a garage, is it used to secure the vehicles in, as opposed to being used as a storage space?

Exterior:

  • Are house doors kept locked with keys removed, which are kept out of sight/reach, but to hand in case of an emergency?
  • When you are outside in the yard/garden, do you lock all doors and windows?
  • If you have an alarm fitted, do you always use it?
  • Do you avoid leaving spare keys in accessible places like under plant pots, door mat or stone?
  • Do you have exterior security lighting fitted?

Interior:

  • Do you use lights with timer switches when leaving the house unoccupied?
  • Are items such as cash, car keys, laptops, jewellery and phones kept out of view and in a safe location?
  • Do you avoid leaving high value items like jewellery in obvious places, such as jewellery boxes in the bedroom?
  • Have you created a written and photographic record of high value items?
  • Have you marked valuable items with your driver’s licence number prefixed with the letter ‘S’ for South Australia using an engraver or ultra violet pen?

For more information take a look at our range of home security booklets and fact sheets:


Week 2 - Vehicle security

Check out our two Vehicle Security video clips: Theft from Vehicles and Keeping Vehicles Secure or watch them below.

Some simple things for you to consider include:

  • Remove all valuables from your unattended vehicle.
  • Don’t store valuables in the boot.
  • Use tamper resistant number plate screws.
  • Keep vehicles overnight in a locked garage.
  • If you have to park on the street, leave it somewhere open with good lighting.
  • Always lock your vehicle even when you leave it for short periods.
  • Remove the ignition key every time you leave the driver’s seat.
  • Don’t leave ownership documents inside the car.
  • Keep your vehicle keys out of sight at home and away from doors and windows.
  • When you go to bed, take your house and vehicle keys with you to the bedroom.

For more information take a look at our range of motor vehicle security fact sheets:


Week 1 - Business security

  • Are all external doors and windows fitted with good quality locks?
  • Can internal doors be locked when the building is left unattended for extended periods?
  • Do you nominate members of staff to check that all doors and windows are closed and locked at the end of the business day?
  • Do you maintain good visibility around the perimeter of your building (e.g. cutting back overgrown planting)?
  • Do you have adequate lighting around your building during the hours of darkness?
  • Do you have CCTV cameras regularly maintained?
  • Do your CCTV cameras cover the entrances and exits of your building?
  • Do you have CCTV cameras covering critical internal areas of your business such as server rooms or cash offices?
  • Could you positively identify an individual from the recorded images on your CCTV system?

Download our Business security booklet or go to the Business security section on our Safety and security tips page for all our business security resources.

Check out our two short Business security videos below.