A SPATE of burglaries has hit the Swan Hill area, with one residence falling victim to offenders twice within 24 hours.
Five homes and the local speedway have been targeted during the past fortnight, with police urging locals to shore up their home security to avoid falling victim to opportunistic offenders.
Police said an offender allegedly forced entry to a Rutherford Street property around noon on November 1.
A television and number of other items were reported stolen from the home.
Overnight, there was a second incident when an offender gained entry to the home and stole further items.
The occupants were asleep at the time of the second offence.
A second burglary was reported between 7pm and 10pm on November 1 at a Gaethan Drive address.
Police said it was believed offenders accessed the garage through a door which was inadvertently left open.
Several pairs of shoes were stolen from the address.
Earlier offences include the burglary of a Fulford Court home between 2pm on October 18 and midnight on October 30 — a television and other items reported stolen —and an incident where offenders forced entry through the front door of a Rutherford Street home between 7am and 3pm on October 30 — cash and a number of other items were taken from the premises.
A second attempted burglary was also reported on Mundle Avenue between 1pm and 4pm on October 30, with offenders forcing the rear door of the home, but failing to gain entry.
In what has been described as the "lowest of low acts" offenders gained entry to the Swan Hill Speedway clubrooms between October 26 and October 28, in a burglary that robbed the club of tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of equipment and a defibrillator.
Swan Hill police Senior Sergeant Brian Hansen told The Guardian police did not have any suspects at this stage, and the incidents did not appear to be linked.
Snr-Sgt Hansen said residents were advised to ensure their homes were secure and valuables were out of sight to avoid becoming a target.
"Upgrade your home security, be vigilant around your home and don't leave any objects lying around that could be used to assist offenders to gain access to the home," he said.
"Make sure garages are locked in the evening and no objects of value are visible from the street.
"They don't appear to be linked, these appear to be random and opportunistic crimes."
Any one with information relating to these incidents is urged to contact the Swan Hill Police Station on 5036 1600 or to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.