Crime Stoppers Victoria is asking the community to take action and consider how accessible their car keys are to potential thieves, with statistics showing that seven out of ten cars are stolen with their own keys.
The Consideration is Key campaign, launching today across Victoria, will be raising community awareness, highlighting the high percentage of motor vehicle thefts that are crimes of opportunity by sharing some hard truths with the Victorian community.
In addition to these messages, members of the community are being urged to report any sightings of motor vehicle thefts to police or Crime Stoppers.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said a key focus for police was the issue of vehicle theft motivated burglaries – where a house is entered, car keys are removed and then used to steal the car.
“These crimes are often opportunistic, with thieves entering through an unlocked door or open window,” he said.
“People often don’t even realise it’s occurred.
“To make it more difficult for thieves we’re asking the Victorian public to consider where they leave their car keys, and how secure their homes are.
Crime Stoppers’ Victoria CEO, Erika Owens, said that just by taking an extra step to think about where you leave your keys, could deter potential thieves.
“Consideration is key. Consider where you leave your keys. Consider your home security,” she said.
“Crime Stoppers Victoria is working with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), Neighbourhood Watch, Victoria Police and the Victorian Government to hinder these would be criminals.”
“If you are a victim of car theft, call Triple Zero (000). If you know something or witness something, make your confidential report to Crime Stoppers today.”
“We know that information from the community helps to solve crime, we see it every day at Crime Stoppers, so please get behind this campaign and report what you know.
“Together, we can make our community a safer place to work and live.”
Geoff Hughes of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council said that every Victorian can take simple steps to make their keys less accessible to potential thieves.
“The unfortunate fact is that residential burglaries to access car keys is the new permanent state. However, it is important to remember that the thefts are almost always opportunistic with offenders taking advantage of open or unlocked doors or windows,” he said.
“The good news is that you can greatly minimise your risk by simply securing your home and never leaving keys in plain view of doors and windows.”
If you have any crime information, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.Donate to crime stoppers