THE school holiday period has seen a rise in cars being broken into in Dalby, and has led to police urging motorists to take every precaution when it comes to keeping their vehicle safe.
With crime numbers currently on the rise, Dalby Police has warned residents to either lock their vehicles, or risk losing personal valuables or the care itself.
Simple tips such as locking the car door, not having valuables displayed and winding up windows are being ignored and are a contributing factor to the break and enter rise.
Dalby Police Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney said while locking the car door may seem simple, many do not.
"Over the past week we have had an increase in the number of cars being broken into in Dalby,” Snr Srg Tierney said.
"Disturbingly, in a large number of cases the vehicles were not locked.
"From experience we know that if we make it easy for criminals, they have a tendency to return and also pass this information onto associates.”
The end of the holiday period is hoped to see a decline in the number of car break and enters, along with many other theft crimes.
However, Dalby Police are stating this is not a time to be slack with car safety and criminals will still be on the lookout for potential targets.
Snr Sgt Tierny outlined a few simple practices which can reduce the likelihood of a thief breaking into your car.
"There are a few simple things that people can do to help prevent their vehicles and or their valuables being stolen from vehicles,” he said.
"If valuables have to be left in the vehicle place them in the boot, glove box, centre console or under blankets so thieves aren't tempted to target your vehicle.
"Do not leave keys under the seat, under wheel arches or in the ignition.
Park your vehicle in an area where there is natural surveillance (such as) near shopping centre entrances and high pedestrian traffic areas.
"Do not park in isolated or dark areas.”
Police say they will continue their high visible presence on Dalby streets over the next few weeks to combat the rise in crime.
"Dalby Police will continue to focus patrols in order to reduce these types of offences,” Snr Sgt Tierney said.
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