Residents in the Inner West area including Kenmore are reminded to lock their vehicles following a spike in the number of car break-ins in recent weeks.
The police said that in almost all of these reported cases, the vehicles broken into had been left unlocked. The targeted inner west suburbs were Kenmore (10), Indooroopilly (six), Mitchelton (six), and Auchenflower and Toowong (four each).
Police provided these tips on what to do when you leave your car:
- Remove the ignition key: Whilst the engine can be started without the key, thieves are more likely to break into a car with the key in it.
- Close and fasten all windows: Windows should be fully wound up. Be particularly careful with sliding windows as they would sometimes appear to be firmly shut, but the spring catch hasn’t engaged properly. Quarter glass windows also need care as they provide the thief with an easy way in.
- Lock all doors the boot: Ensure that you have taken the keys with you even when the car is left in the driveway or in the garage. When you get out of the car, double check that you have locked all the doors and the windows are fully closed. Also check that the boot is locked.
- Don’t leave property in the car: Don’t tempt the thief. Take all valuable property out of the car. If you have to leave valuables in the car, make sure they are out of sight (preferably locked in the boot).
All small valuable items should be taken with you. Never leave your vehicle unsecured even if only for a few moments and make sure you activate your alarm or anti-theft device every time you leave the vehicle.
Have any information for the police? Please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form. Or report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au.
For stolen cars or motorcycles, provide the registration number, make, model, colour and the time and place of the offence.