Police remind motorists to remove valuables from vehicles and ute trays

Electronic items such as GPS units and music devices are a common car accessory but they can also be a magnet for attracting opportunistic thieves when left inside a vehicle. The same goes for property left in ute trays.

Police are urging motorists to make sure electronic items such as portable music devices, mobile phones and other valuables – including CDs, sunglasses, handbags and even spare change – are not left unattended inside vehicles. Swags, tools, fencing gear and other items left in ute trays provide an opportunity for thieves to make a quick selection and remove your property.

Vehicle break-ins can occur in residential streets, carparks, or when people leave their vehicle in the driveway. It’s important to make sure your vehicle is locked at all times and valuables have been removed.

Some tips to reduce the risk of your vehicle stolen or broken into include:

  • using a steering wheel lock
  • using a lockable fuel cap and wheel nuts
  • using one-way screws on registration plates
  • using microdot technology throughout the vehicle
  • etching the registration or vehicle identification number on to the vehicle’s windows, windscreens and headlights
  • parking in open and well-lit areas.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

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