Pro-active policing

Local police are still concerned about the number of thefts of valuable from cars as well as bicycles being stolen within the CBD.

Acting Snr-Sgt Lisa Prentice-Evans, of Melbourne East Police Station, said police Operation Multi continued to target multi-storey public and residential car parks within the CBD.

She said about 30 vehicles owners were being written to at the end of each eight-hour shift as a result of valuables being seen in their cars.

“We’re writing to vehicle owners to warn them of the consequences of leaving valuables in sight in their cars,” she said.

As a result, she said, the number of reported thefts from vehicles had reduced dramatically.

“To have only four or five of these thefts being reported in the city each week is  great result for us,” she said.

Acting Snr-Sgt Prentice-Evans said police were also targeting graffiti and were working closely with stakeholders around Melbourne Central and the Queen Victoria Centre.

She said police from outside the city had also joined in to boost the effort against criminal damage.

Young offenders, she said, were typically offered a diversion program.

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