Police have been fining Stanthorpe residents who leave their vehicles unlocked.
Police have been fining Stanthorpe residents who leave their vehicles unlocked. Sharyn O'Neill

Police warn to lock up or cop a fine

HAVE you been leaving your car unlocked in Stanthorpe?

If it's not targeted by thieves, you might be in for another shock.

Stanthorpe police acting senior sergeant Damian Grace said with continuing thefts of vehicles and of property left inside vehicles, police had taken the "proactive but potentially unpopular stance” of fining those who leave their vehicles unsecured.

"Time and again, police will frustratingly locate cars with windows down, doors unlocked and either keys in the ignition or valuable personal property readily visible on the seats or in the console; the respective owners nowhere to be seen,” he said.

"While the ticket will cost the vehicle's registered owner only $48, it is hoped that the message will get through to 'lock it or lose it' and prevent crime.”

Sen Sgt Grace said while vehicle owners should lock their vehicles even when parked in their yard, shed or garage, those parked on the street and in public parking were on officers' radars.

"If the cost of a potential ticket isn't incentive enough, it also needs to be considered that insurance companies may not cover any property loss when the vehicle owner has not done all they can to prevent the theft,” he said.

Police issued three such infringements on one street alone on Monday night.

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