If you leave keys in your vehicle and leave your vehicle unlocked, you might be giving criminals a free ride…
Crime Stoppers Victoria alongside Victoria Police are encouraging people to lock up their vehicles to lock out car thieves.
The campaign, ‘Being Careless Could MakeYou Carless’ asks people to share what they know about offenders involved in vehicle theft to Crime Stoppers.
Seven out of ten cars are stolen with their own keys according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (carsafe.com.au). Although people may lock their cars, leaving your keys in a safe place – that only you know – is car theft prevention rule number one!
When it comes to vehicle theft, many people only consider the cost of the vehicle itself. However, if you leave your phone, ID, wallet, or house keys inside your vehicle when stolen, these additional expenses are costly and some items are irreplaceable.
The best way to prevent vehicle theft is to make sure you are not a target.
Remember, prevention is always easier than retrieval!
What are safe car-habits?
- Always lock your vehicle and do not leave keys in your vehicle. Always hide car keys in a secure spot only you know about. Never leave car keys near the entry of your home.
- Close and lock all windows and doors of your vehicle when parked.
- Park in well-lit areas when possible.
- Never leave valuables in your car. What may not be valuable to you, is valuable to a criminal.
What information should you report to Crime Stoppers?
- If you see something suspicious or have suspicions about someone involved in vehicle theft activity.
- Someone loitering around your neighbourhood and especially on more than one occasion.
- A person/s trying to open car doors in a residential area.
- If you see someone steal petrol, chances are the vehicle is also stolen – be sure to take a photo of the vehicle (if safe to do so) and report it to Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers is a confidential crime reporting service that does not require any personal details and protects the identity of the caller or individual reporting online.
Your personal details are only collected if you choose to provide them.
Confidential reports can be made to Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or on 1800 333 000