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Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2018

Don’t lose your car – here’s the key

We’ve seen a recent crime trend in Coolangatta that has left us rather bemused.

In the last two months, three vehicles have been stolen from Coolangatta after being left running while the drivers have stepped away for a brief time. Each theft has occurred in a matter of moments with an opportunistic criminal taking advantage of their lucky discovery.

Leaving your vehicle unlocked with the key in the ignition is an open invitation to thieves. What you may not know is that there are several offences relating to leaving your car running while you’re away from it.

The specific offences are:
  • Driver failed to switch off engine before leaving vehicle;
  • Driver failed to removed ignition key with no-one 16 years or older remaining in vehicle; and
  • Driver failed to lock the vehicle after leaving vehicle.

Each offence has a penalty of $52.

Always lock your vehicle when leaving it unattended, even if you’re away for only a short moment such as when paying for petrol.

It’s this time of year that we also see an increase in cars stolen from beach front areas. Thieves target these locations, looking for car keys hidden in the classic spots – in wheel arches, under bumper bars, and wrapped in towels.

To avoid losing your car at the beach, we recommend using a surf lock. This small safe is secured to your vehicle and accessed by a combination. Alternatively, get a non-electronic key cut by a locksmith and keep it with you while you take a dip.

Working together, let’s see the end of this trend.

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