‘Tis the season for break-ins, cops warn
It’s the season for Christmas shopping and police are warning people to be extra vigilant about vehicle security.
Detective sergeant Paul Loft says it’s the time of year thieves target homes and vehicles.
“Thieves don’t care that they make their victims feel violated, they don’t care that you have scrimped and saved for those personal Christmas presents and they don’t care that they damage your cars and homes to get to your valuables.”
Any car that thieves believe has valuables in it that can be sold for cash to fund their personal habits, including drugs, is a sitting target, Mr Loft says.
The most valuable items are navigation systems, such as Navman and TomTom, which are easily seen mounted in the vehicle, and laptops, which are usually left on or under one of the seats, he says.
Just because the vehicle is locked and alarmed does not mean thieves will not target it.
Nearly all vehicle break-ins are committed by smashing a window of the vehicle at any time of the day.
As well as locking houses and vehicles, police also suggest removing all valuables from the car, not leaving them in the glovebox or under the seat, and parking in places with lots of pedestrian activity.
People should also report anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles.