Police have reminded Bundaberg residents that prevention is the key to avoiding opportunistic theft from vehicles.
This follows a spate of 18 unlawful entries between February 1-13.
“Approximately 80 per cent of all vehicles broken into have been left unlocked or with valuables left on seats or easily accessible,” police said.
“This makes it way too easy for thieves to enter, search through glove boxes and consoles, steal money, wallets, handbags, sunglasses, phones and electronic devices and leave before anyone is even aware they were there.”
Motor vehicle safety tips
- Always lock your vehicle – Lock it! Lock it! Lock it!;
- Remove or place out of sight all valuables and personal documents;
- Park in a well-lit and highly visible area;
- Don’t hide or keep spare keys in your car;
- Remove keys from the ignition if parked or unattended – even for a minute;
- Don’t leave keys lying around on tables, benches or key hooks – keep them out of sight;
- When parking in a garage, ensure both the garage and vehicle are locked and the garage remotes are secured;
- Check and secure your vehicles registration places eg affix with one-way screws.
Prevention is the key. Protect your property.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a 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 crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours a day.