Constable Fiona Scott and Constable Jade Fleming check cars are locked yesterday.
Constable Fiona Scott and Constable Jade Fleming check cars are locked yesterday. Emma Channon

Police warning: lock it or lose it

WARWICK police are at the end of their tether with careless car owners, who continue to leave their vehicles unlocked and exposed to theft.

Warwick Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said a number of vehicles were being left parked in the streets overnight and unlocked, despite rigorous warnings not to.

“People are not heeding warnings and are still leaving their vehicles unlocked,” Snr Sgt Day said.

“Leaving vehicles unlocked, especially with valuables in clear view, presents an opportunity for thieves to access vehicles with little chance of being detected.”

Snr Sgt Day said Warwick police had caught a number of offenders for entering motor vehicles and stealing property.

Earlier this week the Criminal Investigation Branch were called to investigate the theft of several quad bikes from local farms.

A CIB spokesperson said investigations were continuing and no-one had yet been arrested.

Warwick residents are asked to report all suspicious or criminal activity to the Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

When leaving vehicles people should follow these easy tips:

  • Remove all valuables from the vehicle. This includes removing your GPS from the windscreen and iPods which are connected to your sound system.
  • Do not leave cash and coins in clear view.
  • If you must leave valuables in your car, keep them out of sight.
  • Make sure you lock all doors and put up windows, even when the vehicle is parked in your driveway or on your property.
  • If you own a van, check that the sliding doors are locked.
  • Consider fitting a car alarm, immobiliser ignition shield or other available security device.
  • Don’t leave spare keys anywhere in the vehicle.
  • Park in a well-lit area.


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