To help minimise the amount of car thefts in the Sunshine Coast District, members of the community are encouraged to revise where they are placing their keys.
Are your keys left on kitchen benches, in cars, on key hooks near the entry, in the everything bowl on the bench, on hall tables, in doors or still in the car’s ignition?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, you need to keep reading.
This is a reminder to the community that offenders are often very opportunistic and if they can see your car keys in plain sight, they will take them.
Be smarter than the offender and place your keys in a spot that they may not look, or takes more effort to find.
Here are some examples of what not to do and some places you may think to put your keys when not in use:
• First and best tip is; remove keys from the ignition of your car when the vehicle is unoccupied
• Don’t hide spare keys on, around or inside the vehicle
• If you are leaving the house, take your keys with you even if you are not driving
• The best place to have your keys is on your person or in your bag with you
• Place keys in a drawer or somewhere out of plain sight
• Do not place keys near the entry point of the house
• Avoid keeping keys hidden in the same place and aim to change hiding spots
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.