UNLOCKED vehicles are contributing to a wave of "opportunistic crimes" across Blackwater, and local police are fed up.
Blackwater police officer-in-charge Sergeant Jamie Goodwin said a recent case where valuables were stolen from an unsecured vehicle was becoming all too familiar.
"We had an example where a male person has returned to his residence, parking his vehicle unlocked in the driveway with the keys in the ignition and wallet on the front seat," Sgt Goodwin said.
"The male has then attended his vehicle the following morning finding his wallet had been stolen from the vehicle."
Sgt Goodwin said the man was lucky the vehicle wasn't stolen and simply securing and removing valuables from the vehicle would have prevented the crime.
But local residents just don't seem to be getting the message.
"It's incumbent on all community members to assist police in reducing these crimes as these often are opportunistic and generally do not occur if vehicles are locked and secured," Sgt Goodwin said.
There is a $42 fine for leaving a car unlocked.
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