January 9, 2017
Police are warning grey nomads and other travellers to keep a closer eye on their campsite possessions following a spate of holiday time thefts.
Everything from fridges and solar panels to campchairs and fishing rods are at risk as opportunists seek to exploit the trusting nature of overly casual campers.
At the Rainbow Beach camping area on Queensland’s Inskip Peninsula, thieves have made off with two large green and black coloured solar panel batteries which were left behind a tent. Police say the offenders swooped in while the victims were away from their campsite, and it is believed they then approached other nearby campsites in search of other property to steal.
“Police are reminding the community and holiday makers to please secure any valuable items, whether it be chaining or bolting to a secure fixture or placing the items in your car or campervan out of sight,” said Senior Constable Deb Wruck from Gympie Police. “Don’t become the next victim.”
Many thefts from caravan parks or camping areas are quite possibly the work of opportunists who may grab anything of value which is left laying around or unguarded. For example, police are investigating the theft of a Giant Mountain Bike valued at $750 from the Ball Park Caravan Park in Corowa, New South Wales just after Christmas. Apparently, a man in his 40s with a mowhawk haircut was seen leaving the park on the alleged stolen bike in the small hours of the morning.
Other thefts presumably need somewhat more planning and organisation. At another caravan park in Corowa – the Bindaree Caravan Park – a five-burner barbecue and a caravan annex were reportedly stolen by extremely brazen thieves. The crime was reported to Corowa police on December 29 and is being investigated.
It seems that boom gates, security patrols and barbed wire fences are all well and good … but there is only so much that can be done to protect possessions from a determined – or an opportunistic – thief.
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