Theft of petrol pushes up crime

Petrol drive-offs remain the major driver of a spike in crime in Golden Plains area, a top cop says. 

Moorabool’s Acting Inspector Jim Lappin says cultural change is needed to drive down the 37.8 per cent crime spike in the Golden Plains region.

He said the isolated location and transient population meant properties and sheds were vulnerable to opportunistic thieves.

“More than 50 per cent of our theft from and of motor vehicles are because people are not locking their cars,” Acting Inspector Lappin said. He said police were trying to instill cultural change and remind people that community vigilance remained essential.

A community meeting will be held before Christmas in a bid to instill this message. 

“The petrol drive offs are our main issue.

“It’s the transient nature of the Golden Plains area and access between Geelong and Melton that causes this increase.” 

The date for the meeting has not yet been decided. 

Moorabool Acting Inspector Jim Lappin.

Moorabool Acting Inspector Jim Lappin.