Police warn motorists to "lock it or you’ll cop a fine"
MOTORISTS have been warned they could face a $44 fine if they leave their car unlocked and vulnerable to thieves.
Sunshine Coast Police have responded to a large number of thefts from cars at Mountain Creek and Brightwater Estate in the past two weeks, sparking concerns for personal safety.
Maroochydore operations coordinator Tim Fleming said police patrols found 25% of vehicles in the area were not secured.
"Police have made all efforts to remind people that their vehicles need to be secured upon them exiting them," Acting Sergeant Fleming said.
"People should be aware that it is an offence for the driver of a vehicle to fail to lock the vehicle after leaving it and this attracts a $44 fine.
"Police request the community play their part by removing their valuables and securing their vehicles to deter this opportunistic offence."
Wallets, laptops and other personal items were some of the items stolen from the cars. Act Sgt Fleming reminded car owners to lock their car doors and ensure all windows were up.
No fines for unlocked cars have been issued.
Call PoliceLink on 131 444 to report any suspicious activity.