Theft from parked cars

Don’t become a victim of car theft or stealing from a motor vehicle.

That is the message from Manning  Great Lakes Local Area Command (LAC) following a spate of vehicle break-ins.

Police urge car owners to take precautions to ensure the safety of their vehicles  and property stored inside.

Crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Ray Slade, believed taking simple preventative measures the chances of becoming a victim would greatly diminished.

“When you park and leave your car, it is a good idea to do a quick checklist,” Senior Constable Slade said.

“Ensure the surrounding area is well-lit at night, personal valuables are stored out of sight or taken from the vehicle and doors and windows are locked – it’s as simple as that,” he said.

Senior Constable Slade warned car owners not to leave valuable items in their vehicles, especially those parked in driveways, beachside car parks, open carports and on the roadway overnight.

“Thieves usually steal items like mobile phones, cash, laptops, and handbags/wallets.

“People should take these items with them when possible, or at the very least store them out of sight in the vehicle.

“Thieves usually gain entry by smashing a window, so it’s also a good idea to park in well-lit, busy streets whenever possible.

“It may sound obvious, but always remember to lock your car, and ensure all the windows are fully closed.”