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Bannockburn Residents Urged to Lock their Cars


Police are urging drivers to lock their vehicles following a spate of thefts from cars in the Bannockburn area recently.


There were 14 thefts from motor vehicles reported in the Bannockburn area between 3pm Sunday 23/11/14 and 8am Monday 24/11/14. 

Crime Prevention Officer Leading Senior Constable Donna Parsons said the majority of the thefts occurred in the early hours of the morning from vehicles that had been left unlocked and parked in driveways or outside residential properties.

 “It’s disappointing that people are still leaving valuables in vehicles on show and then leaving vehicles unlocked.  It can take just seconds for a thief to open the door and take items you have visible in your car,” she said.

“Many of these crimes are opportunistic and we need the community to take responsibility and take steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of vehicle crime.”

There are a number of simple steps residents can take to help deter thieves: 

•  Always lock your vehicle when you leave it and make sure the windows are completely closed
•  Remove valuables from sight – leave them in your boot, or take them with you
•  If you must leave valuables in your car, do not hide them upon arrival as thieves could be monitoring the area. Remove them from sight prior to parking
•  Consider having your vehicle fitted with one-way screws
•  Report suspicious behaviour to Triple Zero (000).

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

For further information about protecting your vehicle, download a crime prevention fact sheet at www.police.vic.gov.au