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Police warning: Lock your cars

BE WARY: Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Eddy MacDonald has encouraged Wimmera people to lock their cars. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

By DEAN LAWSON
Police have reminded Wimmera-Mallee Christmas shoppers, busy trades people and ‘everyone in between’ to be wary of opportunistic car thieves.
They have warned that offenders often made the most of people distracted by a hectic run towards the Christmas break to steal from unsecured vehicles.
Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Leader Senior Constable Eddy MacDonald said crime usually involved two key elements – an offender and an opportunity.
“Take away the opportunity and the crime usually can’t happen,” he said.
Sen Const MacDonald said adhering to simple disciplines of removing valuables from sight and locking a vehicle could make all the difference.
“It is interesting to note that most thefts from motor vehicles occur in residential areas and in most cases the crime is the result of a thief coming across and seizing on an opportunity,” he said.
“I can from my own experiences say that in one rural town in the space of half an hour I came across 25 unlocked vehicles, many with windows down or with valuables readily on display. It was a disaster waiting to happen,” he said.
“What was particularly concerning was that one lady had left her handbag on the passenger seat with the window down and the keys still in the ignition. The car was parked in the main street and she was nowhere to be seen. This woman’s whole life was most likely contained in that handbag – from cash and credit cards to house keys.

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Posted on Nov 28 2012

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