Res­i­dents urged to ‘lock it or lose it’

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

Parabur­doo po­lice are urg­ing work­ers and res­i­dents in town to lock their car doors af­ter a re­cent se­ries of thefts of un­locked ve­hi­cles.

Act­ing Sergeant Lance Munck­ton said the num­ber of thefts po­lice had seen was un­usual for Parabur­doo.

“There have been seven cases since the middle of De­cem­ber, but four or five have hap­pened in the last week,” he said.

The ve­hi­cles were all work utes and were used for “joy rides”.

No prop­erty was taken, but some were found dam­aged.

Sgt Munck­ton said leav­ing cars un­locked seemed to be re­lated to the work­place prac­tice of shift work­ers fre­quently chang­ing ve­hi­cles.

“The pol­icy (com­pa­nies and sub-con­trac­tors) ad­vo­cate is for the ve­hi­cle to be se­cured,” he said.

“It’s just a be­hav­iour peo­ple util­is­ing a ve­hi­cle have got­ten into be­cause it’s easy for them, get­ting in and out of a ve­hi­cle sev­eral times a day.”

Last Thurs­day, Parabur­doo po­lice charged one ju­ve­nile on three counts of steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, two counts of hav­ing no au­thor­ity to drive, and one count of steal­ing in re­la­tion to a stolen mo­tor­bike in Tom Price. They are in­ter­view­ing more peo­ple.

In the mean­time, they are run­ning a pub­lic education drive to en­cour­age peo­ple to lock their car doors by post­ing in­for­ma­tion on pub­lic no­tice boards, ask­ing com­pa­nies to re­in­force their rules, and check­ing cars parked at the air­port, where most of the ve­hi­cles have been stolen from.

Sgt Munck­ton said it was a mat­ter of chang­ing mind­sets.

“You can’t have that don’t lock your doors men­tal­ity any­more,” he said.

“The prior be­hav­iour in Parabur­doo was that you could leave things un­locked.”

He said peo­ple should re­mem­ber to “lock it or lose it”.

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