CRIME SPIKE: Stolen car used in home robberies
A SUDDEN spike in car thefts from Caloundra to Noosa has police warning people to lock up and keep valuables out of sight or risk becoming a victim of crime.
The warning comes as 10 vehicles were stolen in an eight-day period, and a car, which was parked in a drive way with the keys left in the ignition, was pinched and used to rob a home while a couple slept inside.
The blue Ford XR6 (licence plate BJW54) was stolen from Baroona St, Wurtulla on Friday morning, and police say the man who stole it used it to rob a home in Richardson St, Pacific Paradise just after midnight on Saturday.
He then went on to steal a wallet with cash and credit cards from an unlocked home, also in Richardson St, which he later used at a Maroochydore Service Station.
Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said police gave the same message time and time again but it did not seem to sink in until it was too late.
"Lock your home, remove valuables from your car, lock your car and keep your car keys out of sight," he said.
"Police are consistently arresting car thieves and locating stolen vehicles but we need the help of the public to ensure that these crimes don't happen in the first place.
"Consider for a moment how the theft of your vehicle will impact you, then take just a few short minutes to ensure that your vehicle, home and car keys are secure."
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Avoid becoming a victim
- Secure your home and vehicles even when you're home. Many burglars simply enter through an unlocked door or window. Remove keys from internal doors and windows when you are not at home.
- Get to know your neighbours. Exchange telephone numbers and keep and eye on each other's homes. Observant neighbours can reduce prowling, loitering and burglary by reporting suspicious people or vehicles to police.
- Keep cash, keys and valuables out of sight and out of easy reach.
- Give your home the "lived in" look when you're out by leaving a light on and the radio playing. Timing devices are effective for this.