TODAY heralds the official start of the spring school holidays.
And while the next two weeks offer parents the chance to recharge the batteries and spend some much-needed quality time with the kids, conditions are also ripe for opportunistic thieves.
As many residents begin travelling afield, police are urging people to take extra care to secure their houses and property before they go.
Barwon Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Gavin Rattenbury said everyone could take simple precautions to help reduce property crime.
“Break-ins have an enormous emotional and financial impact,” he said.
“A few security measures could prevent the need to replace stolen goods, negotiate with insurers, repair damage and improve security – all of which can be very costly and emotionally draining.
“Thieves usually look for cash and property that is easy to carry and sell, such as jewellery, electrical goods, cameras, laptops, mobile phones, sunglasses, power tools, CDs and computer equipment.”
Detective Inspector Rattenbury urged all members of the community to look out for neighbours and be extra aware of questionable behaviour in their area.
“If you witness persons acting suspiciously or activities that seem strange and out of the ordinary, report it to your local police straight away – nobody knows your community better than you,” he said.