Warning on car thefts
Valley ranks ninth in Tasmania
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.