Police call on residents to play their part in reducing opportunistic crime - Central Coast

Wednesday, 18 October 2023 04:29:34 PM

Detectives from Brisbane Water Police District are calling on residents to remain vigilant and play their part in reducing crime after receiving reports of cars being stolen.

In recent weeks, officers from Brisbane Water PD have arrested and charged several people with break-in and motor vehicle theft offences.

Brisbane Water PD Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Paul Laksa, said many thefts and break-ins are opportunistic crimes that can be prevented.

"Break-ins are usually an opportunistic crime, and criminals will target homes and cars with poor security,” Det Insp Laksa said.

"Whether you're out for five minutes or away for a week, you need to secure your home and cars to ensure you're not providing criminals with an easy target."

Detective Inspector Laksa detailed simple precautions which can be incorporated into personal routines.

"Many of these offences have been committed at dwellings where the house has been left unlocked or access to keys for the vehicle has been readily available," Det Insp Laksa said.

"An unlocked door of a home or car full of valuables could attract unwelcome attention, so make sure both remain locked and secured at all times.

"When it comes to your car, be sure to take valuables with you, and if you can't, then lock them in the boot - the glovebox is the first place thieves will look.

"Finally, make sure your keys are secure and never leave a spare set in your vehicle."

Det Insp Laksa said the community has a role to play in reducing crime.

"If you see any suspicious activity around your home or car, or those of your neighbours, make a report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."

For more crime prevention tips visit www.police.nsw.gov.au/safety_and_prevention/crime_prevention

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.