In January this year, the North Shore Police Area Command set up a strikeforce to investigate the rising property theft in the North Shore Area.
This week residents of a home on Upper Serpentine road, Greenwich were shocked to discover that they had had not one but two vehicles stolen overnight.
Sometime between 10:00pm Tuesday night (11th June) and 7:00am the following morning (Wednesday 12th June) unknown offenders entered the vehicle owner’s garage and stole a silver Audi Q5 sedan and a black BMW sedan by unknown means.
Police are investigating and would like to speak to anyone that may have witnessed this incident or believes they have information that may assist police. Please contact North Shore Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au).
So far this year in the Lane Cove Council Area:
- A Luxury Car was stolen during a test drive – read more here;
- A Car Jacking in Longueville – read more here
- Red Fiat Stolen in the same week as numerous break ins – read more here
Motor Vehicle Thefts
Most people do not realise that the majority of motor vehicles thefts occur at the home, rather than in a car park or public place. Cars are usually stolen between 10.00 pm and 6.00 am. According to Carsafe.com.au the following cars were stolen in the Lane Cove Council Area as at 31 January 2019.
|Location||Number of Car Thefts (up to July 2018)||Number of Car Thefts (Up to Jan 2019)|
|Lane Cove North||12||7|
|Lane Cove West||1||2|
|Note (some of the vehicles listed as Lane Cove could have been from other areas of Lane Cove including the suburbs listed above)|
Steps to Prevent Motor Vehicle Theft
- Don’t leave your car key in your car;
- Always tell your neighbours when you’re going away;
- Install Sensor Lights – ITC has been told about intruders fleeing after a sensor light is activated;
- Don’t leave your car keys, wallets, iPad, iPhone and handbags by your door or in plain sight – this is an easy “grab and go” for intruders;
- It is easy for an intruder to steal your car if they find your car keys near the front door or on a hall table in a very organised car key/key bowl;
- 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, and call the police immediately. You can report any crime or suspicious activities anonymously. Call North Shore LAC on 9418 8499 (always call 000 if there is an emergency).
- Invest in Security Cameras, the cost of security cameras has decreased lately. Speak to local experts Alert Locks and Security for some recommendations; and
- Finally, make sure your street number is visible so that if anything does happen the police can easily find your home.
It is important for Lane Cove Residents to report all incidents to police. By reporting incidents this helps police monitor patterns and trends. Read more here as to how you can quickly report a police matter.
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