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Theft from Motor Vehicles

By simply removing valuable items from display and locking your vehicle, you significantly reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime.

Most thieves break into cars because they see something they want inside.  Thieves will break windows and damage locks in a matter of seconds in order to steal your valuables.

By following a few simple tips you can prevent theft:

  • Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your car unattended.  Offenders mainly entering through back doors and windows.  In many instances, victims leave doors and windows unlocked.
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition and don’t have personal address on tags attached to your keys.
  • Don’t hide spare keys in your car.
  • Lock your car when paying for fuel.
  • Never leave valuable items in view; remove GPS, cradle, phones, iPods, laptops, CD’s, money, sunglasses, bags, clothes, sporting equipment to name a few.
  • Don’t leave registration papers, drivers license or other papers or cards in unattended car.  Paperwork found within could advise a thief that the home address of the owner is unattended at the time.
  • Don’t place items in your boot, console or under your front seat; you never know who is watching. lf it’s valuable, take it with you.
  • Remove the suction mark left by your GPS cradle on the windscreen. Thieves will often break into a vehicle looking for a GPS unit hidden in the vehicle.
  • Don’t leave loose change within view; thieves will do hundreds of dollars worth of damage to steal small amounts of money.
  • Power cables from cigarette lighter sockets are signs of a valuable item probably hidden in the vehicle. Remove these from view.