BURGLARS pretending to be workmen and wearing fluoro vests may be casing residential properties before robbing them, Kingston police say.
Leading Senior Constable Robyn Ryan said three burglaries on Monday in the Aspendale Gardens – Watergardens areas could be linked to these suspects, who reportedly knock on doors during school hours and, if no one is home, simply walk around the back and force entry.
Computer equipment, cash and jewellery were stolen by the men, described as early 20s with solid builds.
Leading Senior Constable Ryan said similar burglaries at six-eight in Aspendale, Chelsea, Mordialloc and Parkdale homes had been reported over the past six weeks with a red Mazda “spotted in the vicinity”.
Burglars also turn off the power to deactivate alarms, she said. “It would be wise to lock power boards and install movement lights to deter offenders.”
Thefts from motor vehicles continue to frustrate police, who say residents need only lock their cars to thwart criminals.
Four incidents in Chelsea Heights overnight Monday all related to unlocked cars parked in driveways. A wallet was stolen and credit cards used 4am Tuesday at a Wells Rd service station.