Car owners parking in the Upper Mt Gravatt area are being warned as about 104 vehicles have been broken into by opportunist thieves since January, South Brisbane District Crime Prevention Unit reported.
Senior Constable Vernon Wootton said that opportunist offenders are recently targeting parked vehicles “trying doors or smashing windows and rifling through consoles and glove compartments to obtain money and valuables.”
The reported 104 vehicles that were targeted either had property stolen or there were attempts to steal the vehicle.
To prevent these offences, police urges car owners parking in the Upper Mt Gravatt area to observe the following:
- Lock your car and roll up windows even if parked on the street, in a secure garage or in the driveway
- Remove all valuables, including purses, cash, wallets, mobiles, bags, briefcases or other electronic items. If valuables are to be left in vehicles secure them out of sight
- Don’t leave personal documents in your vehicle. Stolen documents may be used to commit fraud in your name
- Consider fitting an alarm, immobiliser or other security device
- Never leave spare house, car or business keys in the vehicle
- Keep garage, vehicle access or gate remote controls out of sight or remove from the vehicle and keep on your person
- Consider fitting one-way registration plate screws readily available at motor vehicle supply stores.
Contact Policelink on 131 444 to report any crime or provide information using the online form.
You can also report about a crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au.