Simple key to reducing theft

Many car thefts could be avoided if owners locked their cars and hid their keys.

Many car thefts could be avoided if owners locked their cars and hid their keys.

SUNRAYSIA’S vehicle crime rate could be reduced by at least 60 per cent if residents followed pleas to simply lock their cars and refrain from leaving keys in obvious places, according to local police.

Mildura police Inspector Kevin Coughlan said despite endless reminders, advice was falling on deaf ears with too many residents playing right into the hands of opportunistic thieves.

“You have your 14-year-olds walking the streets all night just lifting handles (of cars) until they find one, and they do find a lot of them,” Insp Coughlan said.

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