25 June 2019

Warning issued after several car break-ins in Canberra's south

| Lachlan Roberts
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ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to come forward after multiple vehicle break-ins. Photo: Supplied by ACT Policing.

Police have urged the public to ensure their cars are locked and secured after a spike in car break-ins in the south of Canberra.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said that over the past two weeks, there have been multiple vehicle break-ins in the Molonglo Valley, Weston Creek and Woden areas.

The spokesperson said that while many of the vehicles were broken into by smashing windows, some of the vehicles were left unlocked with cash, electronic devices, garage remotes, house keys, sunglasses and wallets stolen.

“Vehicle thefts are often opportunistic crimes where unsecured cars or cars containing valuable items are attractive targets,” the spokesperson said.

“Police are reminding people to remove all valuables from their car and ensure the car is locked and secure before leaving their car parked.”

The car that was used to ram-raid Ngunnawal IGA and Charnwood Newsagency in the early hours of Monday morning (24 June) was stolen from Weston Creek before being dumped and burnt out in Spence.

Anyone who has not yet reported a damaged vehicle is urged to call ACT Policing on 131 444.

Anyone who may have any information or CCTV footage that could assist police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Information can be provided anonymously.

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