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Car theft prevention

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Most of us rely on our cars every day – can you imagine if your car was stolen or broken into? It is stressful, inconvenient and costly.

Many of these thefts occur when cars are left unlocked in the driveway or when a home is broken into and car keys have been left in plain sight.

There are commonly two sets of keys for our cars. Make sure both sets are kept securely and not placed in predictable locations.

Stolen vehicles are often involved in road accidents or used to commit more serious crimes. Older vehicles are most likely to be stolen and while many are recovered, they may be found with significant and costly damage.

A large proportion of car theft is opportunistic and therefore preventable. Taking precautionary measures can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of car theft.

Don’t make it easy for thieves. Safety starts with you – there are simple steps you can take to protect your car and belongings:

  • lock it at all times
  • make sure windows are properly closed
  • don’t leave valuable items, bags or personal documents visible
  • protect your tools by locking your tool box
  • place your car keys in a secure location, when out and at home
  • never leave your car running unattended or leave keys in the ignition
  • install a car engine immobiliser (in older vehicles)
  • install one way screws to your number plate so it’s impossible to steal
  • never hide keys on your car – thieves know where to look.

If you notice any suspicious activity report it immediately to Policelink on telephone 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on telephone 1800 333 000. To report a crime that is happening now call 000 (triple zero).

To learn more tips to reduce the risk of car theft visit the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council website. You can also check out their:

  • Home Security Audit to assess the security of your home.
  • Local Theft Profile to learn how many cars have been stolen in your area - the proportion stolen from the home and the age/value profile of the car.
  • Theft Risk Rating tool which highlights the theft risk of all cars aged less than 15 years. You can enter your vehicles' make/model/series and be provided with a security risk based on a '5 star' rating.

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