While the grey nomad lifestyle is generally a carefree one, there are occasional reminders that it can be a mistake to become too relaxed – especially where security is concerned.
Caravan parks and camping areas can be seen as easy targets by opportunistic thieves and, sadly, this has been seen again in the New South Wales coastal fishing village of Yamba. One regular visitor to the Calypso Holiday Park said multiple bottles of alcohol, fishing gear and push bikes had been stolen from his and his neighbours’ caravans a few days ago.
Geoff File from Orange told the Daily Examiner newspaper that he believed some people were partying on Whiting Beach and decided to raid the caravan park when they ran out of alcohol.
“My neighbour lost a case of wine, a case of beer and three bottles of whiskey,” Mr File said. “I come to Yamba in winter for three months. It’s my fourth year here and this is the first time something like this has happened.”
Coffs Clarence Acting Inspector David Lollback, told the Daily Examiner that only a bottle of champagne and six Victoria Bitter cans taken from a fridge in an annex were reported to police.
He said there was a party at Whiting Beach, but there was no evidence to suggest people at that party were irresponsible.
“Historically, caravan parks can be targeted by opportunists,” Acting Insp Lollback said. “Holidaymakers tend to be very casual and leave their eskies outside and unlocked.”
He said it was often young people who could not buy alcohol who committed these types of crimes.
“Police do make patrols but it is up to the public to be aware and take control of their own property … if we reduce opportunity it stops people looking,” he said. “People have their wallets and phones secured, but alcohol is often the target … it’s just something we have to be aware of.”