How you can keep your car safe from thieves
QUEENSLAND police are encouraging motorists to take steps to deter car thefts and thefts from cars.
Motorists should park in well-lit and highly visible areas whenever possible, utilising off street and secure parking.
When parking in a garage, drivers should ensure both the garage and vehicle are locked, and garage door remotes are secured.
Drivers should also avoid marking their keys with any personal or vehicle details, and should consider installing a car alarm or steering wheel lock.
Motorists can also invest in lockable devices to help keep their vehicle secure, including lockable fuel caps, wheel nuts, spare tyre covers and roof racks.
Drivers can consider installing a GPS tracker to their vehicle and a remote engine immobiliser which meets Australian Standards.
Queensland Police Service encourages the use of anti-theft screws on number plates, to deter thieves.
Good vehicle and key security habits are essential to maintaining the safety of the driver and their families.
Drivers should always lock their vehicles, including the boot and sunroof, and remember to fully close all windows.
Car keys should always be kept out of sight and never left lying around on tables, benches, bedside tables or key hooks.
Keys should always be removed from ignition and the vehicle should always be locked when parked or unattended for even just a minute.
Spare keys should never be hidden on or inside the vehicle, as thieves know where to look.
Motorists should also remove all valuables and personal items when leaving the car unattended, or ensure they are out of sight.
Drivers should make it a habit to always take their vehicle keys with them whenever they are going out, even if the vehicle is left at home.