Break-ins and thefts are not the norm at football netball clubs in Bendigo, officials say, after three of them overnight on Saturday.
Bendigo sometimes saw three football/netball club break-ins for an entire year, AFLCV general manager Carol Cathcart said.
"Three in one weekend is unusual," she said, though she noted clubs generally contacted police directly, rather than go to her organisation.
Marong, Golden Square and Maiden Gully's football/netball clubs were broken into on Saturday night. Others targeted in the last month have included Huntly and White Hills.
A ride-on mower that could cost up to $10,000 to replace was also stolen from the Kangaroo Flat cricket club.
Huntly FNC president Sam Walker said there had been four or five incidents at his club in 12 months, including attempted and successful break-ins.
Both his club and White Hills competed in the Heathcote District Football Netball League.
Those targeted over the weekend were from the Bendigo and the Loddon Valley competitions.
Officials from both leagues said break-ins were not common.
It was unlikely many clubs would store a lot of money on site, Bendigo Football Netball League manager Cameron Tomlins said.
"I know a couple of clubs do have safes but that is more of a match-day thing, as far as I am aware," he said.
"Come finals time, the league uses a safe throughout the day for gate takings but will have security teams come in multiple times and collect and deposit it."
Typically, clubs took the lead arranging security, working with their committees of management or local councils to source technology or funding, LVFNL executive officer Laura Naughton said.
However, her league would contact clubs to discuss the issue and discuss whether more should be done.
Saturday's thefts were a blow to volunteer-run clubs that could be forced to spend time and money replacing equipment, Ms Cathcart said.
"Now we have got teams that don't have the required equipment to train, play and go about what they like to do to keep fit," she said.
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