Stop­ping car thefts BROOME BEAT

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Se­nior Sergeant Les An­drews Se­nior Sgt Les An­drews is the Of­fi­cer in Charge at Broome Po­lice Sta­tion.

There has been an in­crease in re­ports of mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft and steal­ing from ve­hi­cles over re­cent weeks. The ma­jor­ity of the thefts oc­curred as a re­sult of keys be­ing left in the ve­hi­cle or at least eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by the crooks.

Broome Po­lice urge ve­hi­cle own­ers to en­sure no valu­ables are left in sight and to se­cure the keys. Six out of the past eight ve­hi­cles had their keys left in­side. Here are a few more tips: Do not leave keys on ta­bles, benches, desks or key hooks at home — make sure to hide them in a safe place

Do not hide spare car keys in the car and re­move the spare ser­vice key from your main­te­nance book folder

Do not leave reg­is­tra­tion pa­pers, driver’s li­cence or other per­sonal pa­pers in your car ad­vis­ing a crook of your home ad­dress

Do not have your per­sonal ad­dress on tags at­tached to car keys

While you can never elim­i­nate car theft, you can pre­vent it by in­stalling or us­ing se­cu­rity de­vices such as alarm sys­tems, im­mo­bilis­ers, starter ig­ni­tion fuel sys­tem, ve­hi­cle mon­i­tor­ing and track­ing de­vices, steer­ing wheel locks and kill switches. If your car is stolen: Re­port it im­me­di­ately on 131 444 or ring Broome Po­lice Sta­tion on 9194 0200

Ad­vise po­lice of the ve­hi­cle’s reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, make, model, colour and any distin­guish­ing fea­tures

No­tify the po­lice of the lo­ca­tion and time of when your car was stolen

No­tify your in­surance com­pany im­me­di­ately

For fur­ther tips visit the WA Po­lice web page at po­lice.wa.gov.au or drop down to the Broome Po­lice Sta­tion.

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