Padlock donations for bushfire victims

Victoria Police Crime Prevention Officers will help bushfire victims feel more secure by providing them with donated padlocks to lock away their remaining valuables.

Victoria Police Crime Prevention Officers has collected a pallet of padlocks from ASSA ABLOY, parent company of Lockwood, which has supported Victoria Police’s Neighbourhood Watch program for past 25 years.

Crime Prevention Officers will deliver the padlocks to bushfire relief sites so they can be distributed to victims who want to secure trailers, sheds or other means of storage, and larger carry-away items.

Glen Eira Crime Prevention Officer leading Senior Constable Peter Stefaniw said he last week approached the company for a donation of padlocks after hearing that bushfire victims were concerned about their remaining valuables.

“While we’ve had no reports of theft in fire affected areas, a lot of victims are worried that they are vulnerable,” LSC Stefaniw said.

“These victims have already suffered enough and should not have to worry about thesecurity of their belongings.

“While police are manning roadblocks and patrolling fire affected areas, I thought we had to help increase the perception of public safety. This seemed to make sense – people want some way of feeling secure so they can focus on rebuilding.”