Motorists are being warned of a 22 per cent surge in car break-ins as thieves target valuables in vehicles.
Latest police figures show 9923 cars were broken into in the 12 months to February this year – an increase of 1819 compared to the 12 months to February 2021.
RAA Insurance spokesman Mark Borlace said the easing of Covid restrictions had encouraged more people to get out to sporting and cultural events, resulting in more cars being left in car parks and in street parks – providing thieves with greater opportunities to strike.
He said vehicles were often damaged by forced entry and valuable items stolen included computer laptops, mobile phones, and handbags.
“RAA recommends parking your vehicle in a garage or carport wherever possible,’’ he said.
“If you park on the road, leave your car in a well-lit area, and always lock your vehicle.’’
Mr Borlace said motorists should also remove valuables from their vehicles, including house keys and important documents which may reveal where they live, rather than keeping them stashed out of view.
RAA Insurance data released last month also showed the number of cars stolen had soared by 24 per cent.
The total value of the vehicles broken into in the 12 months to March this year had also jumped – by 56 per cent – compared to the 12 months to March 2021, reflecting the increasing value of used cars driven by a shortage of new car supplies.
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