SAFETY MESSAGE | Police urge residents to lock vehicles

Fairfield City Police Area Command are urging residents to be extra vigilant when it comes to locking their cars after it was revealed 10 to 15 per cent of thefts from motor vehicles per month are from cars that are left open.

Crime Coordinator Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell said: “Typically owners will park their vehicles in their driveway and either forget or choose not to lock the car.  Phones, iPads, personal paperwork and wallets are being stolen because the vehicle is an easy target.”

Sergeant Grenfell  said there were several safety tips residents could follow to reduce the threat of motor vehicle theft.

  • Never leave your car running while it is unattended.
  • Lock your car whenever you are walking away from your vehicle.
  • Always fully close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your car unattended.  (Do not leave children or pets unattended in your car).
  • Don’t leave expensive items such as a wallet, handbag or mobile phone on a seat visible from outside your vehicle.
  • If parking your vehicle on the street at night, park it in a well-lit area. 

Bonnyrigg break and enter charge

On Sunday, January 28, a house was broken into on Stefanie Place Bonnyrigg.  As a result of an investigation by Fairfield City Police, a 16-year-old male from Casula was arrested on February 7 and charged with aggravated break and enter in company. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Campbelltown Childrens Court on March 12.  Inquiries are continuing in relation to other suspects.

Knife located during search at Canley Vale

At 8:45am on Tuesday, February 6, police spoke to a male on Railway Parade, Cabramatta as a result of numerous complaints from the public.  During a search police located a 20 centimetre knife. The 46- year-old male from Lansvale was charged with custody of a knife and will appear at Liverpool Local Court on March 19.

Car Crash leads to arrest 

At 1:30am on Thursday, February 8, police were on Hickory Road, Bonnyrigg investigating a motor vehicle crash. An 18-year-old female has approached police and began using offensive language with a small crowd gathering.  After being warned numerous times, the language continued and she was arrested during which time she began thrashing her arms and legs around striking two police officers.  The female from St Johns Park was charged with using offensive language, rsisting arrest and two counts of assaulting police. She will appear at Liverpool Local Court on February 19.  

P-plater charged with high-range drink driving

At 12:05am on Saturday, February 10, police stopped a vehicle on Devlin Way Bonnyrigg. The 39-year old-male from Leumeah produced a valid P2 drivers licence and recorded a positive breath test.  The subsequent breath analysis recorded a reading of 0.153.  He was charged with high-range drink driving and will appear at Fairfield Local Court on March 12.  His licence was suspended immediately.