Whyalla police are urging residents to remain vigilant regarding vehicle security following a recent spate of car break-ins.
Police received reports of eight thefts from cars in the Whyalla Norrie area over the weekend, with the vehicles being left unlocked in most of the incidents.
Police are encouraging local residents to ensure their cars are locked at all times and to remove all valuables while it is unattended.
Members of the public are also urged to report any suspicious activity around parked cars immediately to police on 131 444.
To reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft, please consider the following security tips:
- Ensure all valuables are removed from your vehicle or conceal them in the boot of the vehicle before arriving at your destination.
- Lock your vehicle doors and close windows.
- Install an audible alarm.
- At night park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
- Engrave your valuables with your driver’s license number prefixed with ‘S’ for South Australia.
- Park your vehicle in a garage at night where possible.
- Avoid hiding a second set of keys in the vehicle - if the vehicle is broken into, they may find the keys and take the car as well as your valuables.
- Avoid placing bags and wallets on the passenger seat where they could be easily grabbed.
Thieves will look into vehicles to see what items can be easily stolen.
Even a small amount of cash may be the catalyst for becoming a target, so ensure you conceal or remove all cash and valuable items from your vehicle.