Break-ins bowl over sport club

EXASPERATED Inglewood Bowls Club members are experiencing a severe case of deja-vu.

For the third time in just five months, thieves broke into the bowls club at the weekend to steal alcohol.

The security alarm sounded at 4.05am yesterday, alerting nearby residents to the crime. Police officers from Scenes of Crime were on scene yesterday searching for fingerprints.

Inglewood police officers said it appeared offenders smashed a window to gain entry, while bowls club members said they broke down a door.

Either way, this latest assault has forced the club to rethink its security measures and increase vigilance for would-be offenders.

Secretary Judy Smith said all 140 members of the bowls club were shocked and frustrated. Security measures, she said, had been slowly heightened over the years, but now the club would need to look at a new method of defence.

"We've had an alarm system for years," she said.

"We've had doors inside bolted and sliding doors secured, but they still seem to be able to break in.

"I think (CCTV cameras) might be the next step, but I'm not too sure. It's up to the committee at the next meeting whether they want to install that."

The next meeting is one month away.

The only items that appeared to be stolen early yesterday morning were a number of UDL cans and cruisers. Mrs Smith said there hadn't been any cash stolen.

"We have cash on site but it's very secure," she said.

"The first time (offenders) broke in they tried to get into the (compartment) but they couldn't get in."

Aside from having to replace the stolen alcohol, the main burden for the club will be to repair the damage, the cost of which is yet unknown.

Mrs Smith said Inglewood police had been very helpful but "there was only so much" they could do.

She said if she could speak to the repeated thieves, she'd ask them to "please leave us alone".

"You just don't know what they think," she said.

"Some of them wouldn't think at all, that's the problem."

Anyone with information to contact Inglewood police on 4652 1120 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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