This year we have had numerous reports of Lane Cove residents’ cars being broken into. This trend shows no sign of decreasing. In fact, for the last three weeks, the Lower North Shore Local Area Command Facebook Crimes Report has included a car break and enter in the Lane Cove Council Area. Today we received another report of a car break in at Tambourine Bay Road Riverview.
Recent Car Theft Areas
Here is where the car thieves have struck recently:
Burns Bay Road, LANE COVE
Between 5:30pm on Sunday 21st August and 5:30am on Monday 22nd August
Wangalla Road, RIVERVIEW
Between 7:00pm on Saturday 13th August and 8:00am on Sunday 14th August
Mary Street, LONGUEVILLE
Between 6:30pm on Monday 8th August and 7:30am on Tuesday 9th August
Steps to Lessen the Risk
What steps can you take to lessen the risk of your car being broken into?
DO NOT leave your vehicle unlocked when you are away from it, even for only a short period.
Make sure all windows and doors are secured before leaving the vehicle. BE AWARE! It is an offence to leave your vehicle unsecured and unattended.
PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES. Do not leave your property (including loose change, shopping bags, etc) in plain view in your vehicle, even when it is locked. Take your valuables with you or secure them in the glove box or in the boot compartment. Do not do this in the parking lot, as thieves could be monitoring the area.
LOCK ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS. When you are in your vehicle, whether driving or waiting, make sure all the windows and doors are locked. This will make it difficult for opportunistic thieves to open the doors while you are stopped at traffic lights or waiting in a parking area.
ENGRAVE YOUR PROPERTY with your name or driver’s licence and make a list of the serial number/s of your property.
DO NOT leave important papers and credit cards in your vehicle.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT for someone who is acting suspiciously, e.g. looking in windows/checking parked vehicles. Make a note of the person’s appearance, clothing, weapon (if any) and call the police immediately. You can report any crime or suspicious activities anonymously.
INVEST in Security Cameras, the costs of security cameras has decreased lately and you should speak to local experts Alert Locks and Security for some recommendations.
LIGHTING. Have a sensor light. This tends to frighten people away.
REPORT If you are a victim please report the matter to police. You can now report these incidents online.
Where no emergency exists and no immediate police response is required, registered Community members can initiate Lost Property, Intentional Damage & Graffiti and Theft police reports through the NSW Police Force Community Portal:
Have you been a car theft victim? Have you seen anything suspicious?
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