Don’t be burglary bait, drivers urged
HUME Police are urging the community to stop leaving valuables on display in cars.
Inspector Paul Allinson says thefts from, and of, motor vehicles have increased during the year and are now at a point where harm could be caused to the community.
“It’s at the level now that it’s presenting significant harm to the community in terms of damage to vehicles, inconvenience and the number of cars that are broken into,” he said.
“Quite often the value of items stolen is multiplied many times by the cost of repairing vehicles.
“We want to make sure people do what they can to minimise their car being an attractive target for someone wanting to break into it.”
According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Victoria recorded 2319 ‘short-term’ thefts in the March quarter – an increase of 251 on the previous quarter.
(Short-term theft is where a car is stolen and dumped, usually for opportunistic reasons.)
There were 8706 short-term thefts recorded in the past 12 months, 88 more than during the previous year.
Inspector Allinson said the data showed Toyota Camrys were high on the target list.
He said thefts occurred regularly at train station car parks and shopping complexes.
“Other than having your house broken into or being assaulted on the street, having a car broken into impacts most on people,” he said.
“We’re asking the community to do what they can to make the task of thieves more difficult.
“If they see anyone acting suspiciously around a car we really need them to ring triple-0.
“Don’t be dismissive of your gut feeling. If you think something is not right give us a call.”