Warn­ing on car thefts

Val­ley ranks ninth in Tas­ma­nia

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - BEN WATER­WORTH

CAR thefts and home bur­glar­ies re­main an is­sue in the Der­went Val­ley ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased this week.

The re­gion ranked ninth in Tas­ma­nia for ar­eas with the most car thefts in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year.

The sta­tis­tics, re­leased by the Na­tional Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Theft Re­duc­tion Coun­cil, showed that there were 26 re- ported car thefts in the area dur­ing that time. There was also a slight in­crease in home bur­glar­ies ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the RACT, with two claims last fi­nan­cial year com­pared to none in 2013-14.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said the fig­ures were a con­cern for the re­gion.

“Our po­lice force are un­der­manned, we un­der­stand that, and we keep press­ing the min­is­ter for more po­lice,” he said.

“The whole thing just makes you feel sick in the stom­ach when you wake up in the morn­ing and you go and have a look and your car is gone or it’s been bro­ken into.

“I do stress our po­lice are do­ing a re­ally good job, they’re out and about. But make sure, we can do our part as well.”

Fig­ures re­leased by the RACT show that 55 per cent of peo­ple liv­ing in re­gional Tas­ma­nia left the house un­locked when at home, com­pared to 37 per cent of Ho­bart res­i­dents.

The RACT’s Trent Say­ers urged res­i­dents to re­main vig­i­lant when it came to theft.

“If you are go­ing away for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, con­sider telling neigh­bours how long you are away for and don’t ad­ver­tise the trip on so­cial media,” he said.

The sta­tis­tics also showed many crim­i­nals who broke into homes were steal­ing cars af­ter dis­cov­er­ing car keys in­side the house.

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