IT is easy to see why Ararat Police continue to be frustrated with having to deal with theft from motor vehicle charges.
Following a quick trip down Barkly Street, from roundabout to roundabout, last Thursday with Ararat Crime Prevention Officer, Leading Senior Constable Eddy MacDonald, it was clear that the message isn’t getting through to some residents.
During our eight minute car ride on Thursday at 11am – not even ‘peak hour’ time – we counted more than 10 cars that had been left unlocked or with their windows left down enough to gain access.
LSC MacDonald said Operation Snipa, which was launched in the Wimmera, Grampians and Southern Mallee areas in early 2014 saw a decrease in opportunistic thefts from motor vehicles, however the number of reported incidents was beginning to rise once again.
“It is both staggering and frustrating that this message is not getting through,” he said.
“All we are asking is that people take a second to ensure that their vehicle is locked and valuables are hidden from sight.
“Yes the weather is warm at the moment and people might be leaving their windows down because of the heat, but a simple and far better solution is to use a sunshade.
“Even if you don’t have anything valuable in your car, if it is left unlocked thieves can easily go through your registration book, find your address and then target your house because they know you aren’t home.”
Car owners can also face the potential of a fine of $144 for an unsecured car. Another incentive to be responsible and follow this simple message.
Sometimes living in a country town we can be too trusting, but I must admit to witness first hand the amount of unlocked cars in Barkly Street was very surprising.
So remember Ararat – Lock up!
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