RISE IN VE­HI­CLE THEFT

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

THE school hol­i­day pe­riod has seen a rise in cars be­ing bro­ken into in Dalby, and has led to po­lice urg­ing mo­torists to take ev­ery pre­cau­tion when it comes to keep­ing their ve­hi­cle safe.

With crime num­bers cur­rently on the rise, Dalby Po­lice has warned res­i­dents to either lock their ve­hi­cles, or risk los­ing per­sonal valu­ables or the care it­self.

Sim­ple tips such as lock­ing the car door, not hav­ing valu­ables dis­played and wind­ing up win­dows are be­ing ig­nored and are a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to the break and en­ter rise.

Dalby Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Dave Tier­ney said while lock­ing the car door may seem sim­ple, many do not.

“Over the past week we have had an in­crease in the num­ber of cars be­ing bro­ken into in Dalby,” Snr Srg Tier­ney said.

“Dis­turbingly, in a large num­ber of cases the ve­hi­cles were not locked.

“From ex­pe­ri­ence we know that if we make it easy for crim­i­nals, they have a ten­dency to re­turn and also pass this in­for­ma­tion onto as­so­ciates.”

The end of the hol­i­day pe­riod is hoped to see a de­cline in the num­ber of car break and en­ters, along with many other theft crimes.

How­ever, Dalby Po­lice are stat­ing this is not a time to be slack with car safety and crim­i­nals will still be on the look­out for po­ten­tial tar­gets.

Snr Sgt Tierny out­lined a few sim­ple prac­tices which can re­duce the like­li­hood of a thief break­ing into your car.

“There are a few sim­ple things that peo­ple can do to help pre­vent their ve­hi­cles and or their valu­ables be­ing stolen from ve­hi­cles,” he said.

“If valu­ables have to be left in the ve­hi­cle place them in the boot, glove box, centre con­sole or un­der blan­kets so thieves aren’t tempted to tar­get your ve­hi­cle.

“Do not leave keys un­der the seat, un­der wheel arches or in the ig­ni­tion.

“Park your ve­hi­cle in an area where there is nat­u­ral sur­veil­lance (such as) near shop­ping centre en­trances and high pedes­trian traf­fic ar­eas.

“Do not park in iso­lated or dark ar­eas.”

Po­lice say they will con­tinue their high vis­i­ble pres­ence on Dalby streets over the next few weeks to com­bat the rise in crime.

“Dalby Po­lice will con­tinue to fo­cus pa­trols in or­der to re­duce these types of of­fences,” Snr Sgt Tier­ney said.

From ex­pe­ri­ence we know that if we make it easy for crim­i­nals, they have a ten­dency to re­turn and also pass this in­for­ma­tion onto as­so­ciates. — Se­nior Sergeant Dave Tier­ney

PHOTO: FILE

THEFT: Dalby Po­lice are warn­ing res­i­dents to lock their cars af­ter a rise in ve­hi­cle break and en­ters.

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