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Police Wrap – 1 August

By 1 August 2009 24

1. Beware the car park bandits:

    ACT Policing has issued a further warning to car owners with parking in multi-storey buildings about their need to pay close attention to security after burglars targeted vehicles parked in a Braddon complex this week.

    Between noon yesterday (Thursday, July 30) and 10.30am today (Friday, July 31), two intruders entered the underground carpark of an Ijong St, Braddon apartment complex.

    Intruders gaining unlawful entry to a Turner apartment garage

    While it is not proved how the offenders gained entry, police strongly suspect that the two men followed a vehicle in via the remote-operated automatic garage door. Three vehicle burglaries were reported to police as a result of this incident, with property damage exceeding $2000 and a number of property items stolen.

    Offender breaking into a car in a Turner underground carpark

    This incident follows on from vehicle break-ins earlier this month in underground carparks at two apartment complexes in Turner and police believe the same two male offenders are responsible.

    Police have conducted crime prevention awareness programs in those apartment complexes targeted and again would remind residents of their obligations to keep car parks secure and report any suspicious behaviour. Any suspicious males such as those in the attached images are to be reported to police.

    Acting North District Superintendent Dennis Gellatly said that the vigilance of apartment residents is crucial to prevent unlawful entry.

    “Every resident has a role to play in keeping the shared areas of an apartment complex secure,” A/Supt Gellatly said.

    “If you see a door that is not properly secured, or suspicious persons looking to gain entry then report it to police on 131-444.”

    Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity around an apartment carpark in Ijong St, Braddon between noon yesterday (Thursday, June 30) and 10.30 am today (Friday, July 31) to contact Crime Stoppers.

2. Big photo gear heist in Dickson:

    ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident Friday, July 31, 2009 in which a Mazda vehicle parked in Dickson had been broken into and photographic equipment valued around $25,000 stolen from it.

    The vehicle, a Mazda Tribute, had been parked and secured in the public carpark bounded by Woolley and Cape Streets in Dickson between 6.15pm and 6.45pm yesterday.

    Stolen from the vehicle were a large number of items used for professional photography including a Hewlett Packard laptop, 2 Canon cameras, 2 hard drives, tripods, lenses, bags and flash cards to a total value of around $25,000.

    As there was significant pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area at the time of the incident, police believe witnesses may have seen persons acting suspiciously or carrying the stolen property to another vehicle.

    Any witnesses who may have seen suspicious persons or activity in the Dickson car park at the time of the theft and can assist with the investigation are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

If you can help police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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24 Responses to Police Wrap – 1 August
#1
seanneko8:06 am, 01 Aug 09

I can actually see my car in one of those photos, I was parked literally right next to one of the cars that was broken into. I saw all the broken glass on the ground when I went down on Friday morning.

Pretty concerning to think that it happened in a supposedly secure carpark.

#2
Danman9:20 am, 01 Aug 09

Only as secure as the weakest link…

I would suggest that on entering, everyone should wait on the other side of the roller door until it has closed.

Alternatively, one government department I worked at had 2 roller doors, front one opens, you enter the car sized space on the other side, it closes behind you and then the next one opens. Expensive option but it works.

#3
deye10:02 am, 01 Aug 09

the “secure” carpark in our complex can be walked into by someone going through one of two unlockable gates. Bit of a joke really.

#4
ant11:05 am, 01 Aug 09

I rang that police attendance number years ago, when I found two scum breaking into cars at the Rex carpark in the middle of teh day. sat in my car for 15+ minutes, waiting for the cops to come. They didn’t come.

That carpark was full of broken glass from the cars that daily had their windows smashed by thieves, there’d been tons of reports from people parking there about the break-ins, and this was a chance to catch them in the act, with a witness. But they didn’t come.

I hope that’s changed.

#5
Tooks11:22 am, 01 Aug 09

Priority system, ant. Unfortunately it’s not always possible to attend lower priority jobs quickly.

#6
Auntyem11:43 am, 01 Aug 09

Ar*holes – sneaking around like rats stealing and damaging other people’s property.

Good picture though – the fat guy in blue is familiar, I’ve seen him wandering around Civic and if I recognise him the cops probably will as well. And the guy in the hat looks very much like a guy I saw running out of the Canberra Centre last Wednesday morning being chased by one of the shop owners (same hat and hoodie)

#7
ant11:52 am, 01 Aug 09

Tooks said :

Priority system, ant. Unfortunately it’s not always possible to attend lower priority jobs quickly.

Yeah, it was middle of the day, and it was some years ago when I think they were being starved of funds and personnel. I hope things are better now… with all teh requirements needed to nail someone, you wouldn’t get many chances to grab them in the act, with a witness, in possession of stolen stuff.

I hate these bottom-feeding vulture scum. The amount of damage they do exceeds the value of what they steal, and they make everyone have to lock things up, worry about stuff, be suspicious of others. They are worthless.

Trouble is, even if they are ID’d off this footage, it’s that good old “circumstantial” nonsense, yet again.

#8
Tooks1:48 pm, 01 Aug 09

Agreed. Would’ve been good to catch them in the act.

CCTV footage isn’t the best thing if it’s the *only* ID of the offender. It definitely helps to have a witness or two. Some CCTV footage is of such poor quality that it’s next to useless as evidence.

#9
c91:51 pm, 01 Aug 09

Can’t believe how small those pictures on the Crimestoppers site are. Practically useless.

#10
jase!2:08 pm, 01 Aug 09

nice to see they are giving a crap now, thats a slight change from when my motorbike was stolen a few years ago. it didn’t seem to matter to the police that the my ute that it was parked behind had some lovely new finger prints on it (i had washed it the previous day) or that the police forensics guys lived in the same building and drove the work car home every day i could not get them to come out and take a look. it was just a case of here is your case number give it to your insurance.

#11
grunge_hippy4:50 pm, 01 Aug 09

who has $25,000 worth of cameras in their car? sucks for them.

#12
bd845:06 pm, 01 Aug 09

ant said :

Tooks said :

Priority system, ant. Unfortunately it’s not always possible to attend lower priority jobs quickly.

Yeah, it was middle of the day, and it was some years ago when I think they were being starved of funds and personnel. I hope things are better now… with all teh requirements needed to nail someone, you wouldn’t get many chances to grab them in the act, with a witness, in possession of stolen stuff.

I hate these bottom-feeding vulture scum. The amount of damage they do exceeds the value of what they steal, and they make everyone have to lock things up, worry about stuff, be suspicious of others. They are worthless.

Trouble is, even if they are ID’d off this footage, it’s that good old “circumstantial” nonsense, yet again.

A positive ID + a search warrant should provide the police with sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

#13
Blingerific7:17 pm, 01 Aug 09

Rule 1 in Braddon/Turner/O’Connor; “Secure” car parks are just shopping centers for the local thieves. My welcome to Canberra gift was my car being broken into within a week of moving in to my apartment in Braddon Gardens. The Police declined to attend and investigate. Needless to say the thieves, knowing they had the inaction of the Police as a protection, returned a few nights later and really gave my car a going over (physically ripping items out of the vehicle). Once again, despite it being obvious they had left clear finger prints everywhere, the Police declined to attend and investigate. Ironically that was the night before I was to have an alarm installed. And I won’t mention the absolutely pathetic job one of Canberra’s supposedly best repairers did with my car!

Over the five years I was there I saw so many cars broken into it wasn’t funny, not to mention what I saw in the streets around the area. I also remember the notes of ‘my car was broken into and my laptop/phone/bag was stolen” and wondering what people are on? I never leave anything of value in my car…

#14
timgee20077:22 pm, 01 Aug 09

grunge_hippy said :

who has $25,000 worth of cameras in their car? sucks for them.

+1!

I don’t mean to sound heartless, but fair dinkum, who the heck leaves 25 grand worth of pro photo gear in thier car?! In this day and age, that’s just plain stupid. Phaaark.

Name and shame so I know who to blame when my photographic equipment insurance premium goes up *again*.

#15
fozzy8:08 pm, 01 Aug 09

Just to add to this, the “secure” carpark of my apartments in Kingston was done over on Tuesday night. My car along with others were broken into. I had a compact digital camera I’d forgotten to take out after a weekend away, and a couple of other minor things stolen from the car. Most of the replacement costs will be fixing the car. They ripped off the driver’s side door handle and then went around and did the passenger’s side. Why you need to rip both door handles off if you’re breaking in, I’ll never know.

Third time I’ve had things stolen down there – twice my car, once my push bike. My car is just a Subaru Imprezza (not a WRX), strangely the neighbour’s more expensive cars parked beside it were not touched.

#16
Addison10:16 pm, 01 Aug 09

i hate thieves. find them and shoot them dead, so they can’t do it again.

#17
dvaey7:01 am, 02 Aug 09

ant said :

I rang that police attendance number years ago, when I found two scum breaking into cars at the Rex carpark in the middle of teh day. sat in my car for 15+ minutes, waiting for the cops to come. They didn’t come.

Reminds me of two similar instances Ive had. Once when guy next door came home drunk and ran into our fence. Called 131 number and 30min later still no police. Unfortunately by this time, said drunk neighbour had gotten into a blue with his wife over his drink-driving, and required a call to 000 to get police out here. No response to the 131 call, but response within a minute or two to the 000 call.

Also, we had a car broken into several times in our (unsecure) driveway. One time, the offenders left fingerprints on windows, mirrors and various other places throughout the car. The police removed some items that had clear fingerprints on them, but when they were returned a few days later, the prints were smudged badly and police-informed that the items werent handled properly and the prints were no longer any use for matching.

grunge_hippy said :

who has $25,000 worth of cameras in their car? sucks for them.

I wonder .. who has insurance for $25k of equipment in their car in a secure carpark, and will be able to make a claim for ‘stolen’ equipment? Maybe it doesnt suck quite as much as one might think.

Back on the original topic, how dumb do you have to be, to break into a car that has a camera only 2-3m away from it?

#18
Addison8:25 am, 02 Aug 09

what surprises me is how people think that having cctv cameras actually makes a difference. the cars were still broken into, and the thieves still not caught. and this is not an isolated incident – there are plenty of times when cameras are running but criminals get away scott free. some cameras are so low resolution that they might as well be turned off. also wearing a simple mask or balaclava defeats the camera.

waste of time, mostly.

#19
bugmenot8:33 am, 02 Aug 09

grunge_hippy said :

who has $25,000 worth of cameras in their car?

Pretty much any pro photographer.

I regularly carry my photo gear around (but wouldn’t leave it in the car) and it easily tops $10K, plus a laptop. Fortunately for me, that all fits into one bag, so it’s at least luggable.

It really doesn’t take long for the price to add up when you are talking about better cameras and lenses. Throw in a few flash heads, light meter, tripod and light stands.

In fact, the more I think of it, the more $25K isn’t really a massive amount of gear.

I wonder if the car was stickered up, advertising it as a photography business??? If it was a pro’s business, then chances are it was insured. The problem is when photos that cannot be [readily] reproduced are amongst the haul (I’m thinking wedding photos etc).

#20
Henny_Penny9:08 am, 02 Aug 09

Addison said :

i hate thieves. find them and shoot them dead, so they can’t do it again.

+1

#21
grunge_hippy9:26 am, 02 Aug 09

perhaps i should rephrase… who would LEAVE $25,000 worth of equipment in their car? if people break in to steal a $300 navman or tomtom, then a whole swag of professional equipment is a no brainer for the common thief.

#22
ant11:46 am, 02 Aug 09

The Rex carpark thieves were usually looking for parking change. If they saw any change, they’d smash their way in. I imagine they’re still doing it. The costs of the damage they caused was huge, just to get a few bucks worth of change.

#23
Woody Mann-Caruso1:18 pm, 02 Aug 09

So the message I’m getting is that even if somebody sees me and calls the police, and even if I get my mug on CCTV, I’m pretty much free to break into cars in Canberra without fear of legal reprisals? Because I could do with some new CDs.

#24
farnarkler1:20 pm, 02 Aug 09

Unless you get caught and the car owner is a ninja and they turn you into a human work of origami.

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