Acts of thievery on the south coast should serve as a lesson | EDITORIAL

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In the small communities of our south coast towns, it is easy to become complacent about the chances of becoming a victim of theft.

What we enjoy about our region is that it is a quiet place to live, most of the year, without the hustle of our metropolitan suburbs to the north.

But stories in this and recent editions of The Times should serve as reminders to residents, businesses and community groups, that although we live in a quieter part of the world, thieves will strike given the opportunity.

Two weeks ago we reported a car, 60 wigs, laptops and cash were stolen from the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation – a volunteer organisation that drives cancer patients to Adelaide for treatment.

This week The Times reported three outboard motors, worth more than several thousand dollars, were stolen from Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club.

Four cars were broken into over the weekend – two at Victor Harbor and two at Normanville. All cars were unlocked and unattended. An iPad, cash, credit cards and clothes were among the spoils for the thief or thieves.

Police will do what they can, but prevention is the best cure. These incidents should be a message to all to keep possessions under good security.

That goes for surfers who stash their car keys when they go out for a wave, cyclists who leave their bikes unlocked, and home owners who have sheds and garages without solid security.

That being said, the selfish act of a thief or thieves has set back two important community organisations.

By depriving Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club of all its outboard motors, the club no longer has an operational rescue boat. While it is not summer, the surf has been good and that stretch of coast has regularly seen dozens surfing from The Dump to Knights Beach.

Chiton Rocks would be the quickest rescue option in an emergency.

Equipment belonging to local clubs is precious when you consider the amount of fund-raising and volunteer efforts that have helped them to purchase such items.

Police urge business and community organisations to be mindful of their security. Information about crime prevention and security can be found online at www.police.sa.gov.au.