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Thefts prompt warnings to secure booze

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Prevelly Caravan Park owner Greg Home with alcohol he says was stolen from campers.
Camera IconPrevelly Caravan Park owner Greg Home with alcohol he says was stolen from campers. Credit: Declan Bush

Margaret River Police are investigating a spate of thefts of alcohol from Prevelly Caravan Park, with residents and visitors warned to secure their valuables.

Caravan park owner Greg Home said he suspected teenagers in the Gnarabup area were responsible for alcohol being allegedly stolen from campsites in recent weeks.

Mr Home said a security guard confiscated two neoprene surf rucksacks full of beer and pre-mixed spirits from two teenagers in the park.

“We’ve had a litany of people getting stuff stolen,” he said.

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“This is like crates of alcohol.”

Mr Home said parents should know what children were up to.

“The parents have got to realise they can’t have their kids running around doing whatever they want,” he said. “It’s really wrecking people’s holidays.”

Margaret River Police Sgt Brett Cassidy said theft from caravan parks was more likely during the summer holidays and people should secure their valuables.

Sgt Cassidy said caravan parks with campsites near the roadside were at greater risk.

“It’s very opportunistic (with) these types of offences,” he said.

“When you’re away, don’t leave anything of value around the campsite.”

Sgt Cassidy said businesses could install CCTV cameras and fencing, but caravan parks were difficult to secure.

He said while officers regularly patrolled Prevelly and Gnarabup he urged residents to help prevent thefts.

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