More than a third of car thefts preventable: police
MORE than a third of vehicle thefts in south-west Queensland occured because the owner didn’t lock their car.
This is the word from Roma Police, who will be cracking down on people who do not take necessary precautions to avoid vehicle theft.
Senior Constable Rochelle Gillett said the South-West District’s crime stats had revealed 34% of reported thefts occurred because either the car wasn’t locked or the keys were easily viewed from outside the car.
“These are opportunistic criminals – offenders appear to be targetting rural properties as well,” she said.
“People are still leaving their cars unlocked because they think their cars are safe, but it only takes a second.”
Snr Const Gillett said police would often check cars around the CBD and find dozens of unlocked vehicles.
“It doesn’t take much to make sure it’s locked – this could be prevented easily,” she said.
“We usually find if we walk around Westlands Plaza and down McDowall St, that we can pick up 10-20 cars which are unlocked.”
Fines of $44 for not securing property are on offer to repeat offenders, and Snr Const Gillett said they would not rule out using infringement notices as a deterrent for motorists.
“If people leave keys in their ignition or leave the car unlocked, police can fine them,” she said.
The message comes after a man pleaded guilty in court to stealing a vehicle and driving it from Chinchilla to Roma, which he obtained because the victim had left their keys in the ignition.
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