Gold Coast police are warning residents to ensure they lock their cars and remove all valuables following a spike in the number of vehicles being broken into.
Police say that most of the break-ins have occurred within the Pimpama Estates and are occurring to vehicles parked in the driveway or on the streets between the hours of 10pm and 3am.
“Disturbingly, in a large number of cases the vehicles were not locked,” police said.
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“Whilst the actual number of vehicles left unlocked is not high, from experience we know that if we make it easy for criminals, they have a tendency to return and also pass this information onto associates.”
Motorists are reminded to:
• Lock your vehicles doors
• Ensure windows are up
• Do not have valuables on display and do not leave wallets or ID in your vehicle overnight
• Don’t park vehicles in vulnerable positions; and
• Use anti-theft devices e.g. steering locks, alarms, engine immobilisers etc.
Detectives are keen to view any CCTV footage obtained by residents in the hope to catch the thieves.