Police in the Yorke Mid North Local Service Area are asking for the public to be vigilant in order to reduce opportunistic thefts that have recently been reported.
Over the past four weeks there have been a total of 42 reports of property stolen in the Yorke Mid North area. Of those, 17 thefts occurred in the Mid North and 25 in the Yorke area. Those reports included seven separate thefts from motor vehicles (five offences occurred in the Yorke area and two in the Mid North). Of concern to police is almost half of those thefts were from within insecure vehicles with another three from the back of utilities.
Thieves have targeted tools from the back of utilities and purses and mobile phones from unlocked cars.
Police ask that people be vigilant and secure their belongings to reduce the opportunity for theft to occur. Don't leave items unattended and if you need to leave valuables in your vehicle then secure them out of sight.
There has also been four trailers stolen from the Claire Plains region in the past four weeks. Those trailers were left unsecured and accessible from the front of premises. Owners need to take the time to secure their trailer to a fixed object with a lock and chain when not in use.
Police encourage everyone to photograph, engrave or mark valuables with your driver’s licence number prefixed with ‘S’ for South Australia and record the make, model and serial number of items. If your property is stolen, the chances of items being returned to you by the police are increased. Some items are not suitable for engraving or marking. These include jewellery, special collections, silverware, stamps or coins, paintings and antiques. These items should be photographed.
Anyone witnessing any suspicious behavior is urged to call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. Anyone with information about these recent thefts is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au/
Further information about crime prevention and security can be found here.
Diesel theft from graders
Police are asking the community to report any suspicious activity near parked road works vehicles after two reports of diesel being syphoned from unattended graders.
Anyone noticing people or vehicles parked near graders or other parked vehicles is urged to call police on 131 444.
Timely reporting of suspicious activity assist police in locating offenders and preventing further crime from occurring.
The two reports last week occurred at Peterborough where more than 200 litres of diesel was taken from a grader left on Belalie Road and about 100 litres taken from a grader left on Main Street at Redhill.
Woman charged following stabbing incident at Elizabeth
Police arrested a woman following a stabbing incident at Elizabeth Shopping Centre on Saturday.
Just before 11.30am, police and emergency services were called to the shopping centre on Oxenham Drive after reports of a stabbing.
Upon arrival police located a man with a cut to his hand and forearm. The victim, working as a taxi driver dropped the woman to the shopping centre and confronted her when she did not pay for the taxi fare.
Police will allege the woman produced a knife and cut the man in the forearm and hand. Security officers detained the woman until police arrived on scene.
The victim, a 47-year-old from Salisbury, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment.
A 22-year-old woman from the Clare region was charged with aggravated assault cause serious harm. She was refused bail and appeared in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Monday.
Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report on line at www.crimestopperssa.com.au