Shepparton police are warning residents of a spike in trailer thefts around the area.
Since July last year, 24 trailers were reported as stolen in the Shepparton area.
Shepparton Police Crime Prevention Officer Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson confirmed this was a significant increase on the previous period when only three trailers were reported as stolen.
Many of the stolen trailers were ‘box’ or 6' x 4'-type trailers, both registered and unregistered.
Lead Sen Const Gibson said alarmingly in some incidents the trailers were stolen during a burglary and used to carry additional stolen property away from the scene.
“Police are urging trailer owners to review the security of their trailers. As a minimum, a tow ball lock should be fitted,” he said.
Lead Sen Const Gibson said storing a trailer in a rear yard was better than a front yard, and in a shed was the best option.
While this might not always be possible, he urged trailer owners to consider using a chain to increase security.
“Together we can get on top of this offending,” Lead Sen Const Gibson said.
If you know someone who has acquired a trailer in suspicious circumstances, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.