Spate of vehicle break-ins brings warning from police
FOLLOWING a number of recent vehicle break-ins in the area, police have issued a warning about keeping your vehicle secure.
Police from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are urging everyone to take extra care to secure their vehicles and not leave personal belongings visible.
While the most basic tip is to always ensure your garage and/or car is locked, even if you are home, the simple advice is to not tempt thieves by:
- Leaving valuables visible in a vehicle. Mobile phones, laptops, purses, wallets and loose change are all targets for thieves.
- Visible belongings are a RISK. Always take personal belongings with you when you leave your vehicle.
- Lock up every time. Always lock doors, close windows and your sunroof when you leave your car including at home.
- Don't leave important documents in your vehicle.
- Never leave your keys in the ignition. Even if you only leave your car for a minute or two, your car can be stolen.
Another wise tip being passed on by police is to park wisely.
This involves simple measures such as ensuring you park in well-lit areas at night and trying to avoid parking in isolated areas.