Ballarat breakfast report: April 3

WEATHER 

A change is expected to hit Ballarat today with a top of 18 degrees predicted with some late showers. 

Rain will continue to come through in the following days with showers predicted on both Friday and Saturday. 

Heavier rain is expected to come through next week. 

POLICE

Ballarat police had a quiet night with nothing of interest to report. 

However, police are calling on the community to take steps to improve home security and deter opportunistic burglars as we get closer to the Easter holiday period. 

Commander Doug Fryer said police work hard to target this crime through proactive burglary teams across the state, but need the help of the wider community.

“Locking your windows and doors might seem like common sense steps, but our statistics show that not everyone is taking them. It’s frustrating that police have to respond to these incidents, many of which could possibly have been prevented,” he said.

“We know there will be many people heading away over the Easter long weekend, so it is timely to remind people to take simple steps to avoid becoming a victim of burglary.”

Some other advice police gave for residents to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary include installing deadlocks, letting your neighbours know if you are going away and to cut overhanging branches away from your house to make it harder for burglars to hide. 

For more tips and advice on protecting yourself from residential burglary as well as other general crime prevention tips, download the Residential Crime Prevention Information Kit or a Crime Prevention Fact Sheet at www.police.vic.gov.au.

FIRE

It was a very quiet night for firefighters with only the one call-out to report. 

Crews were called to a report of a fire near the Ring Road just after midnight. 

Senior station officer Neville Collins said the caller had seen a flame, however, crews discovered this was coming from the McCains Foods manufacturing plant, which is a normal occurrence. 

Mr Collins said this was not the first time this had happened. 

AMBULANCE

Nothing of interest to report from local paramedics overnight. 

SES

As the wet and windy weather approaches, the SES are warning residents to be aware of their surroundings and be prepared for the incoming rain. 

SES regional duty officer Tony Grimme said everyone should be aware of the forecasted weather.

"People who are travelling should slow down and be careful on the roads," he said.

ON THE AGENDA

Today we will be getting all of the information on the Plaster Fun House pop up shop which will operate at Stockland Wendouree these school holidays.

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