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Don’t gift your keys to thieves

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Police are advising motorists to keep keys out of sight and never leave vehicle keys on tables, benches or key hooks.

Bundaberg Police and volunteers will at Hinkler Central tomorrow, promoting the message don’t gift your keys to thieves.

It follows a spate of opportunistic vehicle thefts in Bundaberg, Moore Park Beach, Innes Park and Alloway.

In a statement, Bundaberg Police said unfortunately, most of these vehicles were left unlocked with the keys inside.

“Cars get stolen, we all know that,” police said.

“What we don’t all realise though, is that half of the time, cars are stolen by opportunistic thieves who have been able to get their hands on the keys.

“In Queensland, one in two cars are stolen using the car’s keys.

“Those stealing these keys and cars aren’t necessarily going to great lengths to do so though, which tells us that thieves will take any easy opportunity to steal cars.

“Let’s do what we can to reduce their ability by protecting not only our cars, but our keys as well.”

Police advice to secure your vehicle

  • Lock your vehicle and fully close all windows
  • Keep your keys out of sight and never leave vehicle keys on tables, benches or key hooks
  • Remove keys from the ignition and lock your vehicle, even if it’s only unattended for a minute
  • Never hide spare keys on or in the vehicle as thieves know where to look.

“No matter who’s home or what time of the day it is, it is important to continue these security measures when it comes to your keys,” police said.

“Opportunistic thieves will take any opportunity to steal cars, particularly if they are left inside a unlocked vehicle.”

The postcard drop at Hinkler Central on Tuesday will reinforce the vehicle security message.

“Let’s work together to reduce the chances of opportunist thieves getting their hands on your keys,” police said.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24 hours per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day.

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