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Remove it, lock it or lose it

Thefts from cars are mostly due to valuables being left in plain sight, when they’re left unattended. There are a few simple steps you can take, to help reduce the chance of your belongings being stolen.

Leaving valuable items on view in your car when you’re not around, is like window shopping for thieves. Getting stuff pinched from your car can happen anywhere – when you’re parked at the train station, the shopping centre or even at home in the driveway or on the street in front of your house.

Most thieves break into cars because they see something they want inside – something they can sell quickly and easily for cash.

Sometimes they might break windows or damage locks, causing hundreds of dollars damage and the cost of repairs may exceed the value of the items stolen. Other times, they’ll gain access through a window left open or an unlocked door.

And they can get in and be gone within a matter of seconds.

By simply removing valuable items from display and locking your vehicle, you significantly reduce the likelihood a thief stealing your stuff.

What are the items that thieves most commonly steal from inside vehicles?

  • Cash and credit cards
  • Wallets, handbags
  • Smartphones and GPS devices
  • Laptops, tablets, cameras
  • Video games and gaming devices
  • Tools and power tools
  • Garage door opener, keys
  • Sports gear and equipment
  • Sunglasses, jewellery
  • Car stereo equipment and speakers

Our top 5 tips for outsmarting would-be thieves

  1. Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your car unattended, that includes when you park your car at home or when you’re getting fuel.
  2. Make sure all valuable items are out of sight when you park your car – always take them with you, if you can, even if you’re only going to be away for a few minutes. If not, lock them in your boot before you leave home.
  3. Don’t move valuable items to the boot once you’ve parked and are about to leave your car unattended. You never know who is watching. Stash them safely in the boot from the outset.
  4. Don’t leave loose change in the console or anywhere it can be seen through the window. Thieves will do hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage to steal a small amount of money.
  5. Remove anything from your car or glove box that has your personal address on it, such as registration, licence or invoices. A thief can use the info to find your house and break in while you’re not home.

Remember, remove it, lock it or lose it.

Click here for more ways to stop thieves stealing your belongings from your car.