At about 2.00 am on Saturday 30 July 2022 a Kallaroo Road Riverview family was told by police that their Hyundai I30 had been stolen and was involved in a single car crash.
Allegedly three teenagers aged 12, 15 and 16 had entered the family’s home by an unlocked door and stolen a handbag which contained keys to the car.
Officers from the North Shore Police Area Command were in Riverview patrolling the area after another Riverview resident had called them after they heard a noise which turned out to be someone trying to steal their car.
At about 1.05 am on Saturday 30 July 2022, police attempted to stop a Hyundai I30 on Miramont Avenue, Riverview, due to its alleged manner of driving.
When the vehicle failed to stop a pursuit was initiated but terminated shortly after due to safety reasons.
A short time later the vehicle crashed into a tree on Romani Avenue, Riverview. The boys tried to flee on foot, but the police used dogs to find the boys hiding in a backyard about 200 m from the crash site.
Three boys – aged 12, 15 and 16 – were arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station.
Inquiries established that the Hyundai was allegedly stolen during a break-in at the Riverview home shortly before the pursuit.
They were all charged with being carried in conveyance taken without consent of the owner, aggravated break & enter & commit serious indictable offence-people there.
The older boy was also charged with armed with intent to commit an indictable offence. It is alleged he was carrying a knife.
They were all refused bail but appeared in Parramatta Children’s Court on Saturday 30 July 2022 where they were granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Monday 8 August 2022.
North Shore Police Command Warn Residents to Lock Doors and Cars
Earlier this week the North Shore Police Command issued a warning about a significant increase in car thefts in the lower north shore area.
The North Shore Police Command has started a public awareness campaign to encourage residents to lock their cars and homes.
The Crime Manager at North Shore Police Command told ITC:
“Unfortunately in nearly all of our recent break and enters where luxury vehicles have been stolen, victims have had either their houses or their cars containing keys or garage remotes unlocked. The message we are trying to get out to the North Shore Community is to lock your cars and houses at night and to report any suspicious behaviour/noises.”
The Crime Manager also told ITC:
“The Lane Cove Council Area is not our most high-risk area however, we have seen an increase from one stolen motor vehicle in April / May to four stolen motor vehicles in June / July with three of these as a result of a Break and enter offence into an unlocked house with car keys stolen and then the car stolen. ”
Steps to Prevent Motor Vehicle Theft
- Don’t leave your car key in your car;
- Always tell your neighbours when you’re going away;
- Install Sensor Lights – ITC has been told about intruders fleeing after a sensor light is activated;
- Don’t leave your car keys, wallets, iPad, iPhone and handbags by your door or in plain sight – this is an easy “grab and go” for intruders;
- It is easy for an intruder to steal your car if they find your car keys near the front door or on a hall table in a very organised car key/key bowl;
- 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, and call the police immediately. You can report any crime or suspicious activities anonymously. Call North Shore LAC on 9418 8499 (always call 000 if there is an emergency).
- Invest in Security Cameras, the cost of security cameras has decreased lately. Speak to local experts Alert Locks and Security for some recommendations; and
- Finally, make sure your street number is visible so that if anything does happen the police can easily find your home.
It is important for Lane Cove Residents to report all incidents to police. By reporting incidents this helps police monitor patterns and trends. Read more here as to how you can quickly report a police matter.
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