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Thief caught on CCTV in Rivett

By CrankyCanberran - 12 January 2010 41

Rivett Thief

Check out the video here.
[Ed – now below]

Ahhh… there’s nothing like the feeling of waking up, looking at something thinking ‘thats not right’.  Welcome to my last Saturday morning.  Looking at my back gate thinking “I didn’t leave that open”, and being into electronics, rewind the DVR running my CCTV setup at my house to see a weird light flashing around inside my van.

With the wife gasping going “oh no that looks like a torch”, rewind a bit further back to confirm the dreadful feeling of “yep – that is someone going through my van”.

So it seems, this guy who would be in his mid to late teens, rather slim dressed in 3/4 length shorts, white shoes, white tight t-shirt, light coloured cap and a black bum bag came down next door’s driveway to check out their car.  Then he moves onto my place.  Unknown by him, i’ve got a CCTV setup in place to watch his moves. 

He spends about 25 minutes in total at my place, checking out the 3 cars, looking through the study window, being very careful not to make noise.  He moves onto my van where he spends the majority of his time – pulling to bits a cheap $80 LCD monitor in the front of the van (used for a reversing camera), then moving into the back and going through a cabinet in its entirety.  In the end, i’m missing a torch, few dollars in coins, but he was nice enough to leave the cheap LCD monitor in a few bits in the back of the van for me.

The police turn up within 30 minutes of my call to have a look at the mess he made and obtain a copy of the footage for their reference.  I know there isn’t much they can do with the footage apart from possibly using the description of the guy for anyone else that may have seen this guy lurking around.

In the end, i’m very lucky that nothing was damaged and really nothing big stolen. I can only put down his entry into my van by him using an un-locked door (which is very bizarre for me to leave anything unlocked – however the van was in for a service so i’m thinking perhaps they unlocked it and I neglected to check it), or that he’s very good and getting it open without any damage.  If anyone recognises this young fella, i’d be very interested to hear from you to pass the information on to the police.  We both have a feeling we’ve seen him around, and now keeping an eye out.  He certainly seems to know what to be careful with (noise), and really does not care at all about automatic sensor lights.

If anything comes out of this post for the readers, it’s to make you think everything locked up and secured as best as it can, because there are these little thiefs everywhere.  You’ll notice in the video he had a look at the window lock – wouldn’t surprise me if he had entered the house.  That’d be a lovely thing to wake up to – seeing a stranger standing in your bedroom.  CCTV systems are great for watching bad things happen such as this, but its a cosmetic security. I always recommend concentrate on prevention security – better locks, security doors and grills, back-to-base alarm systems before installing CCTV security, for again, prevention is better then cure. 

Keep an eye on your neighbours and street – you know your street best.  Report suspicious activity to the police/crimestoppers – for every little bit helps, and hopefully we can reduce the number of these idiots who keep out insurance premiums high.

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41 Responses to
Thief caught on CCTV in Rivett
zhimmyd 8:44 am 13 Jan 10

Hey All,

Thanks for your comments.

El – love your suggestion about putting up pictures at the local shops, great idea.

In regards to the date – my box records it backwards (so YY/MM/DD) – hence why it looks like it was last year.

It is legal to record video footage of people, as long as they are told it is being done in the form of signs indicating so. I indeed have these on my premises. You’ll notice on most (law obiding) restaurants/clubs/department stores they’ll have a sticker as you enter the premises to advise you are being photographed.

Prints – yes well this is an interesting one. I did point out a print on the car’s passenger window to the police, but they said immediately “na there is nothing we can do with them”, which I thought was a bit strange. It was a good print as well!

Would you believe there was 2 dogs at my place that night (unfortunately inside), one of which hears everything, but neither heard this guy. Thinking the dogs can go camping and sleep outside from now on!

In regards to camera angles, I totally agree. Problem is, unless you have a DVR with lots (8-16 inputs), having a small amount of cameras at low angles can cause people such at this to taper with them – bit of spraypaint over the front and you don’t see much. In an ideal setup, you’d have a few high cameras watching over the general area, and then a couple low ones at entry points to catch a face. Have a look next time you go out to a club, you may see a dome just above head height next to the entry/exit doors to get a good look at you. In the end, as the police advised, the footage can’t be used in court even if the guy was caught hence my comment about CCTV being a cosmetic security.

Cheers all.

sloppery 8:35 am 13 Jan 10

Little prick. Shoulda just gone out and thumped him.

Katietonia 8:17 am 13 Jan 10

Also do you want us to repost this video to see if anyone knows the guy?

Katietonia 8:10 am 13 Jan 10

That is creepy, the way he is looking in the window. Ugh! I hope he gets busted somehow. Did they get any prints from the gate?

harley 12:10 am 13 Jan 10

just remember – he knows where you live, and tha intarwebs are everywhere.

Ari 12:02 am 13 Jan 10

The video time stamp says January 10, 2009.

Anyway, I hope it leads to some sort of result.

zig 11:09 pm 12 Jan 10

Having a dog or two helps with keeping amateur thieves and prowlers away.

bd84 10:43 pm 12 Jan 10

Footloose said :

I think I saw a thief this afternoon going for a walk around Rivett.
Backpack on. Wandering aimlessly around the street.
He was in our neighbours frontyard and when I confronted him when, before I even got a word out came the ‘I’m just getting a drink of water’ line as he stood next to their tap, scoping out our open garage.

Then again, we’ve been hit twice in the past 2 years losing over 40k worth of stuff so I may be just a *li’l* bit paranoid.

You were probably right to be suspicious, your instinct is normally right in these cases. The police seem to be pretty good at turning up pronto when offenders are seen loitering on scene, reporting it to them would probably get a result if you see him again.

s-s-a 10:38 pm 12 Jan 10

How frigging scary!

Did the cops dust for prints? Looks from the video like there might have been some on gate/window/car.

lumnock 10:03 pm 12 Jan 10

what the hell is it with losers and bum-bags? see them everywhere also sporting rat tails and/or an ugly streaked mullet. I can’t wait until HD CCTV’s are cheap as chips to buy. It’ll make incidents like this so much easier to resolve.

Footloose 10:02 pm 12 Jan 10

I think I saw a thief this afternoon going for a walk around Rivett.
Backpack on. Wandering aimlessly around the street.
He was in our neighbours frontyard and when I confronted him when, before I even got a word out came the ‘I’m just getting a drink of water’ line as he stood next to their tap, scoping out our open garage.

Then again, we’ve been hit twice in the past 2 years losing over 40k worth of stuff so I may be just a *li’l* bit paranoid.

toriness 9:44 pm 12 Jan 10

god seeing this footage at my place would give me the creeps. hope the little scumbag gets caught.

el 9:37 pm 12 Jan 10

Worth putting these photos up at Rivett shops/Coolo?

I bet he’s a ‘local’.

Special G 9:28 pm 12 Jan 10

Your camera angle sucks. Better yet have the camera down on a lower angle to get a good face shot combined with a sensor light which gets the pic in colour.

bd84 8:35 pm 12 Jan 10

Need a bigger pic to make out his face..

Though I’m waiting for some civil rights idiot to post how much of a breach of this low life’s civil rights this is by posting pics on the internet of him stealing stuff.

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