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.
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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Reviewed 25 May 2023