Blayney Local Government Area has seen almost a doubling of break and enters in the 12 months to September, 2019, and Chifley police are urging residents to keep an eye on their own, and their neighbours', properties.
Research from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows the number of break and enters from dwellings increased from 24 in the 12 months to September, 2018, to 40 in the same period in 2019.
The number of break and enters from non-dwellings, such as sheds and other outbuildings, increased from 15 in 2018 to 29 in 2019.
Motor vehicle theft also almost doubled from seven cases in 2018 to 13 in 2019.
The recent theft of gear from an unlocked van parked behind a Blayney hotel comes under the steal from vehicle category which has seen a decrease from 29 incidences in 2018, to 21 in 2019.
The category of steal from a dwelling, where someone simply enters a home through an unlocked door or window, rose from 10 to 16, a result inspector Adam Beard from Chifley Police District says could be easily reduced.
"Residents need to ensure that their homes are secure when they're out, or when they go to bed at night," he said.
The fraud and malicious damage to property categories also increased from 19 to 32 and from 37 to 50 respectively.
Inspector Beard said that active vigilance by members of the community might be the break that the police need.
"Blayney and the outlying villages are all small towns and people know what's suspicious, and what's not," he said.
"It's being mindful about keeping an eye not only on their own place, but their neighbours as well. If they see anything that looks suspicious they should contact police."
Contact Blayney police on 6368 9599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.