Car crime surge prompts RAA warning as COVID-19 restrictions ease
Thursday, 4th Jun 2020
RAA is warning motorists they are twice as likely to have their car broken into than stolen.
The warning comes as people plan to visit restaurants, pubs, cinemas, gyms and other popular locations as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.
Latest police figures show criminals broke into 11,963 cars to steal items compared to 4432 cars being stolen for joy rides or money in the 12 months to March.
These crime stats also show a significant increase in both theft from motor vehicles (up 22%) and theft of motor vehicles (up 27%) compared to the previous 12 months to March 2019.
RAA Insurance claims manager Hayley Cain said valuables like cash, wallets and even mobile phones left in cars were very attractive to thieves, especially when they’re easily seen through the window.
“Having your car stolen or damaged by a break-in can be a major inconvenience,’’ Ms Cain said.
“RAA urges motorists to remove such valuables from their vehicles, including house keys and important documents which may reveal where they live, rather than keeping them stashed out of view.
“That includes getting rid of items from the boot - not many people realise this is usually one of the easiest areas of a vehicle to break into.’’
RAA recommends parking your vehicle in a garage or carport if possible. You should also install sensor lights in your driveway to deter thieves.
If you must park on the road, leave your car in a well-lit area, and always lock your vehicle.
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