Toowoomba Police are concerned at a rise in cars being stolen over the past weekend.
Since 9th January, five cars were stolen from the Toowoomba area, from Rangeville, Newtown, Middle Ridge and Cotswold Hills. Of these, two had keys in the ignition when taken – one was unlocked and two were burglary breaks where the keys were taken from inside the house. Two of the vehicles were taken from the driveway whilst the owners were present at home.
Toowoomba police are worried that residents are leaving themselves vulnerable to this sort of crime and that it gives offenders the propensity for other crime to occur, such as Fuel Drive offs which then makes victims of the businesses.
Offenders are using the vehicles to be more mobile, taking them to locations to steal other vehicles and to other areas such as Ipswich and Brisbane.
Police are asking residents to take care, lock your vehicles, don’t leave the keys in the vehicles, lock your homes and secure the keys in less obvious locations, making it harder for the offenders to take your property.
Crime Prevention Officer
Darling Downs District
Queensland Police Service
Ph 07 4631 6907
P.O. Box 144, Toowoomba Qld 4350
QPS website: www.police.qld.gov.au
13 1444 Policelink
Crimestoppers 1800 333 000