Stopping car thefts BROOME BEAT
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.