Lock it or lose it: Theft from motor vehicles remains Boroondara’s most prevalent yet preventable crime.
Inspector Craig Pearson, Boroondara Local Area Commander, says thieves will often travel into the area to try their luck.
“Offenders will often walk along a street trying car door handles until they find an unlocked car,” he says.
“Others will look into every car until they see something of interest, then smash the window to gain entry.”
Laptops, wallets, tools, sunglasses, garage and gate remotes, sets of keys and loose change are among items frequently reported stolen. Some offenders then gain entry to homes using a stolen garage remote or steal a car using stolen keys.
Inspector Pearson urges residents to always remove valuable items from their vehicles and to lock them.