Theft Prevention

Help Stop Car Theft

  • When you leave your car unattended, even for short periods, close all windows, remove the key from the ignition and lock all doors. Remember, it’s an offence under the Australian Road Rules to leave your car unlocked;
  • Ensure that you have removed all property from view, especially mobile telephones, clothing, bags and money in consoles when you leave your car - either take it with you or lock it in the boot;
  • Try to park in a busy, well lit area and avoid car parks that have a history of theft or break-ins;
  • Have an engine immobilizer or fuel cut-out switch installed to restrict the theft of your motor vehicle. Research has shown that this is one of the most effective ways to beat a thief;
  • Use locking devices on the steering wheel or transmission shift. These devices can act as a deterrent to a thief;
  • Don’t leave personal papers such as licence or registration in your motor vehicle. They may be used by the thief to dispose of your motor vehicle;
  • Take your parking station ticket with you when you leave your motor vehicle unattended. This can make it difficult for the thief to steal your motor vehicle;
  • Use caution when taking goods to your motor vehicle in shopping centres. Some thieves watch owners take property to their motor vehicles and steal the items when they leave to continue shopping.

Help Stop Motorbike and Scooter Theft

  • Put a steering lock on and use a strong steel cable or D-lock to attach your bike to security rails or ground anchors;
  • Get a professionally fitted combination alarm and immobilizer;
  • Always use your garage to store your motorbike or scooter. If you don’t have a garage, cover your motorbike or scooter when you’re not using it.

Help Stop Bicycle Theft

  • Buy a good quality lock because chains can be easily cut. D-locks or combination locks are best, but a good bicycle shop or DIY store can advise you. You could even use two locks for extra security;
  • Always lock both wheels and keep the lock off the ground. This makes it harder to break;
  • Take away any extras like lights and helmets;
  • Have your bike frame security-marked with your name and postcode.

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