Tips to prevent vehicle theft

Everything Geraldton has been inundated with reports of car thefts recently. With WA having one of the highest rates of car theft in the country, it pays to be careful when it comes to your car.  

Here are a few security tips:

At home

  • Keep your car keys in a safe place out of sight and away from entry tables, doors and windows where they could easily be seen or taken.
  • If you have a garage, use it.
  • If you don't have a garage, try to park in a well-lit open space.
  • Ensure the car is locked, windows are shut, including the sunroof.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings. If you notice any suspicious activity in your street report it to police.

In the car

  • Keep your doors locked while driving, when you're stopped at traffic lights, or waiting to pick someone up.
  • Remove your ignition key when you get out even if it will only be for a few minutes.
  • Make a habit of locking the car when you get into it and when you get out.
  • Have the Vehicle Identification Number etched into all major windows. 

  • Don't leave valuable items in your vehicle. 

  • Remove cheque books, credit cards, driver's licence and registration papers from your glovebox. 

Theft from motor vehicles is an increasing problem and many items targeted are expensive, easily concealed, and highly disposable due to their sought after nature, making them an attractive smash-and-grab proposition to thieves. These include GPS units, cash, iPods, handbags and laptop computers.

In particular, the increased popularity of GPS units (Sat Nav devices) has opened a lucrative market for thieves. Offenders will also smash car windows to search for GPS units if the cradle is left in place (GPS removed) or even if suction cup marks are visible on the front windscreen.

Be safe and diligent when it comes to your car!