MOREE police are investigating a series of break-ins that occurred at residences and businesses last weekend.
Homes in Tallowood Pl and Gwydirfield Rd were broken into last Friday and Saturday, with witnesses reporting seeing a light-coloured Holden Commodore leave the Gwydirfield Rd home after ransacking it.
Two businesses in Alice and Frome streets were also targeted between last Saturday and Monday.
The Leader has reported a spate of break-ins to homes and businesses in the Moree area in recent months, with Operation Tilton set up by Barwon police to combat property crimes and motor vehicle thefts.
The operation, which began in April last year, has resulted in the arrests of about 100 people, with 225 charges laid.
Barwon Local Area Command crime manager Gavin Rattenbury said many of the offences reported to police recently were “crimes of opportunity”.
“Unlocked doors and windows give thieves the opportunity to break in,” Detective Inspector Rattenbury said.
He said residents should ensure vehicles and homes were always secured, and people should never leave keys or wallets in plain view during the day or at night while they slept.
“Unfortunately criminals are all too aware that most people are creatures of habit and leave their keys, wallets and handbags in the usual places,” Detective Inspector Rattenbury said.