Police Beat

November 25, 2016

Crimestoppers - keeping the community safe.

Protect your plates

Benalla police are promoting Operation SAFEPL8 for the month of November.

Police will target and detect offenders, but it is up to drivers to make their number plates harder to steal. Community members are encouraged to install one-way screws.

For more details phone the crime prevention officer at Benalla police on 57600200 or visit the Victoria Police crime prevention website.

Arrests over burglaries

A 24-year-old man was arrested after a burglary at Werminda House on November 2. He was charged and bailed to appear at a Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

Police arrested a young male on Sunday, November 20, after a break-in at Benalla’s Baptist church. The male was found near Benalla south with the stolen goods in his possession. He was charged and bailed to appear before a Children’s Court at a later date.

Hot car safety tips

●If you have to leave the car, even to run a quick errand, take the children with you.

●Never use the car as a babysitter.

●Never leave children in a car without adult supervision for any length of time, not even a minute.

●Lock cars and secure keys when at home to prevent children playing inside the car.

●Make ‘look before you leave’ a routine whenever you get out of the car.

●When a child is missing, in addition to checking backyard pools and any other bodies of water, be sure to check inside the car and the boot of any nearby vehicles.

●Never leave valuables in the car, including your children.

Help to reduce graffiti

Police are appealing for the community to assist with reducing graffiti. The Benalla area has seen an increase in graffiti tags, especially at schools and the botanic gardens.

If you have information please phone Benalla Police Uniform Division on 57600200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or visit

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