THIEF TARGET: Clyde View Holiday Park proprietor Bob Carver is at his wits end with thieves who target the park every night.
A Batehaven holiday park proprietor, whose park is under siege from thieves, is appealing to police to do more to stop them.
“In previous years, it was spasmodic, but this summer it has really escalated out of control,” Clyde View Holiday Park proprietor Bob Carver said.
“It is happening on a nightly basis, and we need the police to be more vigilant and track down the perpetrators.”
The park has its own defences, namely 14 security cameras, boom gates, barbed wire fences, security staff going through every night and a staff member residing there, but still the thieves come in.
“I don’t know what more we can do,”Mr Carver said.
Mr Carver said security camera footage revealedit was the same small group of people responsible each time.
“They are about 17 to 19 and are always wearing hoodies,” he said.
“They walk in off the beach. It isvery much opportunity theft.
“People leave expensive gear in the open.
“The other night a new boogie board that was outside of a cabin was stolen.”
Mr Carver saidbeer was often taken from eskys and fishing rods and reels and towelswere popular targets.
The park gives its guests information booklets about the area, and this includes vital advice from the police, which Mr Carver endorses.
“Lock your valuables away because if you can see it, you can lose it,” he said.
Hewants more people who have belongings stolen to call the police andhe would like to catch the thieves in the act.
A Batehaven hotelier said his establishment had had six encounters with the group, with cars being badged and broken into, wallets and credits cards stolen and the cards used at McDonald’s.
He said he was presenting video footage from 20 security cameras around the hotelto police.
A Far South Coast Local Area Command police spokesman said that victims of these thefts should always phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 to report them, and that increased reports of theft would result in increased patrols in the area.
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