Public assistance leads to arrests

At the heart of the Neighbourhood Watch program sits the concept of community members helping to keep their communities safe by reporting suspicious and anti-social activity to the police.

We want to showcase a couple of recent good news stories where members of the public have done exactly that, resulting in police being able to identify, arrest and charge two offenders with multiple offences.

Between 8 July and 11 August, several members of the public reported significant damage being caused to Unley Council road signs by graffiti on Weller Street, Goodwood.

Some of these community members assisted police investigators and provided photos of the damage and also of the offender.

On Tuesday, 18 August, a 74-year-old woman from Goodwood, was arrested and charged with two counts of property damage. She was granted police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrate Court on 4 November.

The second incident occurred during the evening of Sunday 23 August when Coober Pedy police received several calls from the public reporting a driver doing burn-outs around Hutchinson Street and Seventeen Mile Road.

Police attended the scene and located the vehicle which subsequently failed to stop for the patrol. A short time later the registered owner was located at his home address where he allegedly provided a positive sample of breath.

The man was arrested and charged with drive dangerously to escape police pursuit, misuse of motor vehicle and drink driving. He was also given a six month loss of licence and his car was impounded for 28 days. He will attend court at a later date.

Both these examples are a great demonstration of how community members can directly help keep their communities safe by reporting criminal and anti-social behaviour in a timely manner to the police.

It is quite possible that without the direct assistance that SA Police received from many community members in these cases, both offenders may never have been traced and held accountable for their actions.

SA Police would like to extend their gratitude to all the community members who provided invaluable assistance in both cases.

Please continue to report any suspicious behaviour to the Police Assistance Line on 131444.

To read more about these stories and keep up to date with all your local police news please visit the SA Police news website

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