A vacuum cleaner and Huon Pine table were among the items targeted by burglars in the Western District over the last week. Police said three homes were burgled across the region. Another two businesses faced attempted burglaries, with a person identified and assisting police with their inquiries. Another four burglaries have been reported from sheds and outbuildings, with items stolen including alcohol, power tools, a lawnmower and fishing equipment. There have been four burglaries of vehicles reported across the District. A number of the vehicles were reported as being unlocked at the time the offence occurred. Suspects have been identified and are assisting police. The public is encouraged to remain vigilant and lock their vehicles and sheds. Seven shop stealing offences were reported in Devonport, Ulverstone, Shearwater and Burnie. Suspects are being investigated. Arrests and charges A total of 45 arrests were made this week across the district including – Traffic and Road Safety A total of 26 vehicle crashes reported in the last week, none resulting in hospitalisation. Tip of the week Use precautions to minimise online fraud committed using online shopping or auction sites. Do your research on the website, item and the seller. Use a secure payment method rather than accept advice from the seller. Never provide confidential or financial information via email. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provide advice at www.scamwatch.gov.au Monitor and protect your bank accounts by checking statements and confirming details before transferring funds. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) webpage provides useful advice regarding your right and obligations for unauthorised and mistaken transactions. See www.moneysmart.gov.au/scams Please note that the primary aim of law enforcement agencies is to prosecute offenders – this does not mean that you will necessarily get your money back. Unfortunately, with most scams the money has gone overseas or has already been disposed of by the offenders and there is nothing left. The best protection is education. Assistance Required Police are asking for help to identify and locate the man pictured above in relation to an ongoing stealing investigation. Anyone with information regarding these matters is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Reports can also be made to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestopperstas.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.