Last weekend there was a wave of car break-ins and at least one car theft reported to police.
The following car break-ins have been notified to ITC (and the police).
Ronald Avenue Greenwich – wing mirrors smashed off on two cars;
Tambourine Bay Road Lane Cove – (see photo below) – back window smashed in.
Parklands Avenue Lane Cove North – window smashed in.
Gordon Crescent Lane Cove North – business van, they broken driver window and stole all equipment and tools.
The police also reported the same type of incident in Chatswood. Between 5.45pm and 10.50pm Saturday 2 June a vehicle was broken into in Bowen Street Chatswood. The owner of the Toyota Hilux had parked the vehicle on Bowen Street near the intersection of Mowbray Road West. Entry was gained to the vehicle by smashing the off side front window. $1280 worth of property was stolen from inside the vehicle including a laptop and drawing board. Police urge people not to leave valuable items inside their vehicles and encourage anyone with information to contact police.
Police are investigating the theft of a 2006 blue Lexus GS300 sedan. The vehicle was parked in a carport in Arabella Street Longueville around 11.00pm on Monday 4 June. The owner noticed the vehicle and a key was missing at 9.30am on Tuesday 5 June. It is not known how the key was stolen. Anyone with information should contact police.
How To Report These Incidents
It is critical that you report these incidents (even if nothing is stolen). You can report minor crimes online see more here. It is important to report these incidents as it establishes a pattern and should have an impact on police presence.
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.
Please continue to inform ITC of these issues as we keep a track of them and liaise with North Shore Police Command. Always report issues to the police first.
Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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