ACT Policing is reminding motorists to remove valuables and secure their vehicles following a number of vehicle break-ins and thefts.
Vehicle break-ins are opportunistic crimes and there are a number of steps owners can take to limit the chances of their car being broken into.
- Always ensure the car is locked and secure.
- Close all windows and the sunroof.
- Do not leave ANY valuables in your car. Wallets, phones, satnavs and other electronic devices are what thieves are after. Sporting equipment (including bikes and golf clubs) and power tools are also regularly stolen.
- Remove credit cards, driver’s licences and registration papers from the glove box.
If you have a garage, use it rather than leave your car in the driveway or on the street. If you have to leave it outside, if possible park in a well-lit area.
Always take your car keys with you, and when at home leave them in a secure place. Spare keys or garage remotes should never be hidden in or on the car. Do not place your name, address or registration number on keys. If you go away without your car, either take your keys with you or leave them with a neighbour or friend. Never leave the keys in plain sight in your house when you are not there.
For future reference, record details of your car such as registration, make, model, year, colour, VIN and engine number.
If your car is broken into or stolen – please do not call 000. The police assistance line 131 444 is the appropriate way to report a theft or stolen vehicle.