2 September 2019

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Stopping car thefts a ‘key’ focus FRANKSTON residents are being urged to be more careful with their car keys as part of Crime Stoppers’ “Consideration is Key” campaign. Frankston local Area Commander Inspector Paul Cripps said “a key focus for local police was the issue of vehicle theft motivated burglaries, where a house is entered, car keys are removed and then used to steal the car.” “These crimes are often opportunistic, with thieves entering through an unlocked door or open window,” he said. “There are a few simple steps which people can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of vehicle crime. We encourage everyone to leave their car keys in a convenient location but out of sight when at home. Don’t tag your car keys with your name, address or registration. Use a mobile phone number instead. “Make sure you have your keys with you at all times. This includes times when you are out and you’ve left your car at home.” Crime Statistics Australia figured revealed that 45 percent of cars are stolen from homes, with seven out of ten vehicles stolen with their own keys. The “Consideration is Key” is run by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Neighbourhood Watch, Victoria Police and the state government. Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Stella Smith said “if you know have any information on acts of car theft, make your confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestoppersvic.com.au.” “Community information is crucial when investigating these types of crimes, and together we can help make our community a safe place for all Victorians to live,” she said.

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Lateness no excuse A 30-YEAR-old Frankston North man was caught speeding and running a red light, Thursday 29 August. Police observed the man drive through a red light on Frankston-Dandenong Road, before he was clocked driving at 120kmph in a 70kmph zone on Ballarto Road, Carrum Downs. Police said the man told them he had sped because he was “late for work”. The man had his car impounded for a month, and will face court at a later date.

Detectives hunt bandits TWO men who smashed a plate glass door at the Woolworths supermarket in Baxter stole more than $130,000 in cigarettes and cash about 3.30am, Wednesday 28 August. The men are shown on CCTV footage using an angle grinder to break into the store on BaxterTooradin Road and climbing over service counters. Detectives believe the men later attempted to force a roller door at a Coles Liquorland, Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston, but failed. They are shown wearing hoodies, masks and gloves and driving off in a dark coloured SUV. Anyone with information can call Detective Hocking 5978 1300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Peninsula roads action TRAFFIC police taking part in the National Day of Action say it is a direct response to the “horror year which is taking place on Australian roads”. As part of the campaign an alcohol and drug testing site was set up in Marine Parade, Hastings where 321 drivers were breath tested, with one returning a positive result for drugs. Up until Wednesday last week 13 people had lost their lives on Frankston and Mornington Peninsula roads.

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