Stopping car thefts a ‘key’ focus

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FRANKSTON residents are being urged to be more careful with their car keys as part of Crime Stoppers’ “Consideration is Key” campaign.

Frankston local Area Commander Inspector Paul Cripps said “a key focus for local police was the issue of vehicle theft motivated burglaries, where a house is entered, car keys are removed and then used to steal the car.”

 “These crimes are often opportunistic, with thieves entering through an unlocked door or open window,” he said.

“There are a few simple steps which people can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of vehicle crime. We encourage everyone to leave their car keys in a convenient location but out of sight when at home. Don’t tag your car keys with your name, address or registration. Use a mobile phone number instead.

“Make sure you have your keys with you at all times. This includes times when you are out and you’ve left your car at home.”

Crime Statistics Australia figures revealed that 45 percent of cars are stolen from homes, with seven out of ten vehicles stolen with their own keys.

The “Consideration is Key” is run by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Neighbourhood Watch, Victoria Police and the state government.

Crime Stoppers Victoria CEO Stella Smith said “if you know have any information on acts of car theft, make your confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestoppersvic.com.au.”

“Community information is crucial when investigating these types of crimes, and together we can help make our community a safe place for all Victorians to live,” she said.

First published in the Frankston Times – 2 September 2019

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