Bid to stop car thefts
IN 12 months more than 6000 cars were broken into in the southeast metropolitan area, but police are cracking down on car thieves.
BRAZEN thieves continue to target vehicles across the South East Metropolitan police district.
In the 12 months between November 2014 and October 2015, 6700 cars were broken into, with items taken ranging from loose change to high-end electronic devices stolen.
Inspector Rod Petterson, from the South East Metropolitan district office, said officers-in-charge across the region were keen to encourage people to lock their cars and take all valuables with them.
“Leaving items in cars is like a magnet (to thieves),” he said.
Insp Petterson said traditional hiding spots in cars, such as under seats or glove boxes were no deterrent for opportunistic thieves, who targeted shopping centre carparks, driveways and foreshores.
“Until (thieves) realise