A senior ACT Policing officer says that if you leave your vehicle unlocked and leave valuable items in view, you might as well put out a ‘welcome mat’ for opportunistic thieves.
Sergeant Rod Anderson, Officer in Charge of the Tuggeranong Police Station provided this message after a number of items were removed from unlocked vehicles in the Tuggeranong area on Sunday evening (May 1).
Sergeant Anderson said that although there are a number of simple steps people could take to make their vehicles less appealing to thieves, there are some people who are still not getting the message.
“Some people seem to have the perception that they can afford to be relaxed about vehicle security once they are in familiar territory at home. Always remember to lock doors and windows even if your car is parked in your garage. This can act as a deterrent for would-be thieves and help keep your car safe and secure,” he said.
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Items stolen from unlocked vehicles across the Tuggeranong region on Sunday evening included a GPS, a set of keys, cash, an ipod and a portable DVD player.
Police would urge anyone that sees any person acting suspiciously or see anything that would indicate that people are stealing items from vehicles, to call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.