Thieves Targeting Riverview

In the last couple of weeks, ITC has received several reports of break-ins and attempted break-ins in Riverview.  Just this week, thieves attempted to break into the Riverview Shops, they did not gain access but managed to damage numerous locks and doors.

In this week’s North Shore Local Area Command crime report two Riverview break and enters were reported.

Break and Enter Riverview St Riverview

Between 3:50pm and 4:10pm Monday 30th October two unknown offenders gained entry to a home on Riverview Street, Riverview while an elderly resident of the home was asleep in a second-floor bedroom of the property.

The offenders gained entry to the home by forcibly removing glass panels from a louvre window at the front of the house. Once inside, the offender/s moved quickly through the property stealing wallets, jewellery and cash valued at more than $5000.

Break and Enter Hamilton Street Riverview

Sometime between Monday 6th October and Sunday 26th October unknown person/s have gained entry to a home on Hamilton Street, Riverview.

The unknown person/s have accessed the property via unknown means with police unable to detect signs of forced entry.

Property stolen from the home includes a number of expensive men’s watches, jewellery and personal documents valued at more than $110,000.

The Police have launched investigations into similar Riverview break and enters which took place around the same time as the above two incidents. Police are asking for anyone that may have noticed any suspicious activity at the stated location during the given times and dates to please contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Break and Enter Hamilton Street Riverview

ITC was advised that in mid-October a house was broken into at night in Hamilton Street Riverview – all the occupants were asleep. Their au pair came home around midnight (she saw a light moving around in inside) and must have disturbed thieves, who just stole contents of a handbag. The house and windows were all locked, they had expertly jimmied open a window.

Break and Enter Riverview Street Riverview

ITC was advised that sometime between 10:00pm Monday 28th August and 7:30am the following morning unknown offenders gained entry to a home on Riverview Street, Riverview. The offenders entered the property via a closed but unlocked ground floor window.

The offenders made their way to the properties garage where 4 Yamaha motorcycles were located. The offenders have been able to make off with the 4 motorcycles without drawing the attention of the home owners or nearby neighbours.

Crime Prevention Tips

Here are a few security tips you may like to implement:

  • ITC has been advised of quite a few incidents where thieves have been able to remove louvres to gain entry.  Louvre windows are especially vulnerable because thieves can easily take the slats out of the frame. Fit a special louvre lock. Better still, replace them with fixed glass if the windows are easily accessible from the outside;
  • Don’t leave your house unlocked while you are at home;
  • Don’t leave your keys in your car;
  • Always tell your neighbours when you are away;
  • Always divert your mail when you are away;
  • If possible, park your car in your driveway (and have sensor lights installed in your driveway);
  • Do not leave your property (including loose change, shopping bags, etc) in plain view in your vehicle, even when it is locked;
  • Be on the lookout for someone who is acting suspiciously, e.g. looking in windows/checking parked vehicles. Make a note of the person’s appearance, clothing, weapon (if any) and call the police immediately. You can report any crime or suspicious activities anonymously; and
  • Invest in Security Cameras, the cost of security cameras have decreased lately and you should speak to local experts Alert Locks and Security for some recommendations.

Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at info@inthecove.com.au

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