Yass Police reported a series of police updates throughout the previous week to the Yass Valley Times on the 3rd of July 2023, detailing Roadside Breath Tests, Drug Tests, crashes, livestock loss, breaking and entering, vehicle theft, and fires, as well as advice on how to protect yourself from property crime. 


On Saturday, 5:30pm, a Gundaroo rural property was the victim of a Breaking and Entering, with personal property stolen. The property owner returned home to find their caravan door forced open, with their keys and Black Jeep Cherokee 4×4 Station Wagon stolen. A generator used for power was also stolen. The investigation is still underway, with Inspector David Cowell issuing a statement to Yass residents regarding personal property protection.


“Be vigilant about suspicious behaviour around rural properties. Offenders unseen/unreported can have time on the property without being disturbed”


On Friday, 9:30pm, patrolling police alerted the Fire and Rescue services to a truck fire on the Hume Highway towards Bowning, with a B-type Trailer’s brakes and rear tyres having caught fire. The trailer was successfully disconnected from the rest of the truck, and the trailer was ‘totally destroyed’ by the fire. The driver, a 59 year old from Coota, was uninjured. The lane was closed for about an hour, resulting in minimal traffic disruption. 


On Saturday, 9:10pm, a tipper truck collided with a horse along Illalong Road, Binalong. The horse escaped due to flood-damaged fencing. The horse was unfortunately killed in the incident. No people were injured. Inspector Cowell says the incident “highlights the dangers of driving on rural roads”. 

Throughout the week approximately 200 breath tests were carried out throughout the Valley, along with 10 drug tests. 


At 1:25am on Sunday morning in the Yass township, a Yass man caught the attention of patrolling police due to disorderly driving, testing at 0.169, resulting in Licence Confiscation and charged with both HRPCA and Drug Possession. 


On Saturday at 10:30am a mobile RBT stopped a Jerrabomberra woman, resulting in a minor/novel PCA reading of 0.011, resulting in an infringement notice. 


Positive results on roadside drug tests occurred, with a positive test on Monday at 12:05am along Burley Griffin Way in Binalong. Police stopped a Punchbowl driver, testing positive on the RDT. Police found a large amount of illegally grown tobacco in the vehicle, and the driver was taken to Yass Police Station. Investigations are still underway. 


On protecting yourself from property crime, Inspector David Cowell recommends securing your home with locked doors and windows, alarms and CCTV footage, as well as securing valuables within and around the home, particularly cars. Locked cars and secured garage remotes are also noted, as well as recommending the reporting of suspicious activity


Yass Valley residents can contact Local Police at 02 6226 9399, the Police Assistance Line on 131 444, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, through the online NSW Police Portal and 000.