Theft from motor vehicles

What to do if your car is broken into and how to make a report.

Key crime prevention tips

To prevent theft from your motor vehicle:

  • remove all valuable items
  • lock all doors and close all windows
  • park in a well-lit and secure area.

Theft prevention checklist

Remove all valuable items

  • Do not leave any valuables in your vehicles. If you must leave valuables in your car, secure them out of sight in the boot or a locked glove box.
  • Remove GPS and dash cam units. Wipe the suction mark off the window.
  • Do not leave documents in your car – your address may be used to locate your home and break into your car or home later. Documents might be used to steal your identity.
  • Do not leave house keys or garage door openers in your car – they may be used in home burglaries.
  • Install anti-theft screws on number plates.

Lock all doors and close all windows

  • Install a car alarm.
  • Lock your car, even when parking at home or leaving your car for a moment.
  • Close all windows, including the sunroof.
  • Lock external toolboxes and equipment, if they can’t be removed.

Park in a well-lit and secure area

  • Park off the street. A locked garage is best or a driveway if you don’t have a garage.
  • If parked in a driveway, consider the installation of a sensor light and CCTV.
  • If you need to park on the street, park in a well-lit area.

What to do if your car has been broken into

If your car has been broken into:

  • Do not confront the thief. Your safety is more important than your possessions.
  • Do not touch anything.
  • Call your insurance company.

Report it

For emergencies, to report a crime in progress, or for immediate police attendance, call Triple Zero (000).

For non-emergencies, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or report online at Police Assistance Line and Online Reporting.


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