Chainsaws are latest theft target

EXPENSIVE chainsaws have become a target for thieves in and around Launceston, police have warned.

Constable Deon Johns, of Northern Community Policing, said recent cases of burglary and theft had shown that people were not adequately securing their tools, specifically chainsaws.

He said that chainsaws and other valuable tools should not be left on display while unattended, for example, in and around farms, work sites or vehicles.

``They are expensive to buy as new and fetch a high price when sold as stolen property,'' Constable Johns said.

``Tradies should avoid leaving chainsaws on-site when they knock off or on the back of work vehicles.

``Members of the public should secure these items after they have finished using them, and not leave them on the back of utilities or trailers, where tools are easily accessible to offenders.''

Constable Johns advised that owners mark valuable tools such as chainsaws by engraving or stamping them, to make them easily identifiable if they are lost or stolen.

He also warned people to be on alert for property crime this Easter, with schools a more frequent target for vandals during the holidays.

``Our schools are an important part of our community and any damage or theft of property eats into school budgets, costing the community,'' Constable Johns said.

He said people should report any suspicious activity to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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