Lithgow Police and Lithgow City Council are reminding the public of steps they can take to prevent the theft of motor vehicles and property.
“Taking precautions with your vehicle both at home or out and about can significantly lower your chances of the vehicle or property within it being stolen,” said the Mayor Ray Thompson.
Stealing from a vehicle is usually a crime of opportunity, so leaving valuables in open view or the vehicle unlocked can invite thieves. Further, most thefts of late model vehicles occur through gaining access to the owner’s keys eg through a home burglary so it is important to keep keys in a safe place.
Lithgow Police have provided a few tips to help ensure your vehicle and valuables are safe:
Protecting your vehicle from being stolen
- Never leave your keys in the ignition when you are not in the vehicle, even in your home driveway.
- Always keep vehicle doors and windows locked, even when driving.
- Never leave your keys in plain view at home or in public places such as restaurants.
- Consider upgrading your vehicle’s security.
Protecting property in your vehicle
- Always keep your doors and windows locked when out of your vehicle.
- Never leave valuables such as mobile phones, handbags or other valuables in plain view, even when parked at home.
- Always try to park in a well-lit or populated area.
- Tradies – always lock your toolboxes and ute trays and try to avoid parking on the street at night.
Protect yourself when selling your vehicle
- Never advertise your home address when selling the vehicle
- Always view and record the identification of potential buyers
- Never let someone take your vehicle for a test drive without supervision
Relying on the convenience of your vehicle is something most of us take for granted however if it or its contents are stolen or damaged, the effects on your family, work and finances could be devastating.