Coffs counts increasing car thefts

THERE’S been a spike in thefts from motor vehicles in Coffs Harbour with opportunistic thieves costing motorists thousands of dollars in smash and grab raids each year.

In a recent spate of vehicle break-ins five vehicles were hit over the weekend.

The incidents will be added to the rising count of smash and grabs in the city already this year.

In 2009 steal from motor vehicle offences rose by 20 per cent across the city.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics figures show there have been 3016 incidents reported in the city over the past five years, an average of 600 a year.

On a State level, Coffs Harbour holds an above average rate for these types of offences.

The latest spate saw cars entered in Elbow, Moonee, Fitzgerald and Salamander streets.

Police say the window of a blue Ford Focus was smashed in Moonee Street and a computer hard drive and a camera were reported stolen.

A Ford Telstar was also targeted in Elbow Street.

Thieves made away with an Apple iPod, a sum of cash and the vehicle’s battery.

Police were also called to Fitzgerald Street on Sunday morning where a Holden Astra was broken into and an amount of medication stolen.

While another offence saw a silver Holden Commodore entered in Salamander Street with a brown leather briefcase and personal documents stolen.

Crime statistics show one in 20 Australian households have been put out by thefts from motor vehicles over the past 12 months.

Police have urged shoppers to conceal any valuables left inside their cars.

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