The problem of theft from caravan parks is once again in the spotlight following a spate of incidents in WA’s Kimberley.
Police in Derby have warned van park guests keep their accommodation locked and belongings nearby amid a surge in theft and burglary.
The Broome Advertiser reports that incidents in recent weeks have included stolen cars, cash and other personal belongings. It says caravan park staff have been stressing the importance of keeping items and accommodation — including tents — locked up.
Dumbara Burru Caravan Park manager Gail Harvey told the newspaper there had been about three thefts in the last five weeks, with thieves targeting the accommodation between 2am and 4am when people are in their deepest sleep.
“They go along checking what caravans are unlocked, then go inside because people leave their stuff on the table or bench,” she said. “Out of the two cars stolen, the people never locked their caravan door — the third person was in a tent and did not hear the zip on the tent, so (the thieves) got everything they wanted.
Ms Harvey said the problem was not just that the thieve take the items and the cars, they destroy them.
“They wreck the cars, drive around town at high speeds doing burnouts on grassed areas,” she told the Broome Advertiser. “They don’t care.”
WA Police data shows there have been 514 reported theft and burglary offences this year in Derby.
“It’s very upsetting when a person or persons staying at the park has this happen, we stay up all night with them consoling them, making sure they are OK,” Ms Harvey said. “I know it is not just here in Derby, it is Australia-wide as customers tell me when I am telling them what they must do to prevent this from happening to them.”
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