Be mindful as thieves lurk
There are consistent messages that police push out to the public in an attempt to prevent crime and keep our communities safe.
One of these is the need to address vehicle break-ins, both in shopping centre car parks and vehicles parked outside houses and on driveways.
Often the criminal will target vehicles where there is an attractor; something left visible or covered by an article of clothing, or a blanket left on the back seat that will pique the offender’s interest and lead to the breaking in of the vehicle.
A sweep of car parks will also reveal a number of vehicles left by owners unlocked despite numerous warning signs and the knowledge that potential thieves may be operating in the area.
This level of apathy by the public contributes to this offending. People often have the attitude, ‘‘it will never happen to me’’, or they have parked there for years and nothing has happened.
Regardless, there’s always a level of shock or disbelief when victims return to their vehicles to find them broken into.
While no one has been physically hurt, it’s still an invasion of privacy.
The majority of us work hard for what we have and own and there’s nothing more frustrating to find a thief has taken advantage of that hard work, not to mention the inconvenience of having to get a window or door lock repaired, regardless of whether insurance is claimed or not.
To avoid this happening to you: Never leave any valuables in your vehicle; try to park in areas that are well lit and not isolated; if possible install and set an alarm in your vehicle; if at home, park your vehicle in the garage or well off the street, if it’s at all possible; and ensure you have recorded any serial numbers for valuable items that you may carry in your vehicle.
If you’re the victim of this offending, it’s important to report the matter to police. This provides valuable information and intelligence allowing the deployment of police and community resources at the right time and locations for crime prevention and holding offenders accountable.