SINCE September last year the Bridgewater area, including from Old Beach to Brighton has been experiencing an increase in burglaries of unattended cars and utes. A review of police crime reports illustrates that at least 25 per cent of the cars broken into were unlocked at the time. A large number of thefts have involved purses and wallets that had been left in unattended cars.
Inspector George Cretu of Bridgewater Division also highlights an increase in the number of break-ins to tradesperson’s utes.
“Even though many utes have lockable tool boxes, there have been instances where thieves have forced the locks of toolboxes parked overnight in front yard driveways or on the street. This problem is not unique to the Bridgewater and we urge all car owners to take steps to secure their property,” Insp Cretu said.
As a result, Tasmania Police urges the following: Avoid parking on the street for extended periods of time, especially overnight; remove all valuable items of property when you leave your vehicle; secure your vehicle with an alarm, steering lock or immobiliser if possible; always keep your vehicle locked and secure (including windows); tradies, do not assume lockable canopies and fixed toolboxes are a good overnight storage option; if parking in public be mindful of where you park, look for busy well-lit areas and be mindful of where you leave your car keys.
Contact Tasmania Police if you see any suspicious behaviour – Triple zero for emergencies and 131 444 for non-emergencies. Further information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au