Police: take your valuables out of vehicles

POLICE have warned drivers to be careful of their valuables because thieves are targeting cars on the Sunshine Coast.

Senior Sergeant Gavin Ricketts said the Caloundra division has an average of four car break-ins a week, after two more cars were broken into at Currimundi on Monday night.

"The vast majority of these offences occur overnight," he said, adding that they would likely not even happen if people did not leave valuables in their cars.

"When cars are broken into they are usually not damaged but unlocked by the offenders using wire or other implements, or people even leave them unlocked."

Snr Sgt Ricketts said to avoid being a victim of theft, be sure to lock your car and never leave items of value (mobile phones, wallets, laptops, coins etc) inside overnight.

He said those with older models should be more careful as more modern cars were not targeted so much due to security technology.

"When we identify an area being targeted by offenders we target those areas with patrols, including plain clothes patrols, and check anyone getting around at that time of night," he said.


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