Hume residents urged for car theft vigilance

Hume City Council has teamed up with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, as part of a new campaign aimed at reducing car theft across the municipality.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, urged Hume residents to be more vigilant and take steps to cut the chances of their vehicle being stolen as part of Operation Bounce Back, a national community education campaign supported by Victoria Police.

“Hume City Council is proud to have again joined forces with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council on this important community issue,” Cr Jessop said.

“Unfortunately, Hume has been identified as a key hotspot for motor vehicle theft and incidents of stolen cars are on the rise – last year there were 255 vehicles stolen from Craigieburn, 101 from Broadmeadows, 55 from Sunbury and a further 166 from Campbellfield.

“Eighty-eight per cent of the 1026 vehicles stolen in Hume are passenger or light commercial vehicles; with the majority of these not older cars as some people may think.

“Statistics show us that in 2015/16, 29 per cent of vehicles stolen in Hume were manufactured after 2010.

“These vehicles have been fitted with an Australian-standards approved immobiliser and consequently, cannot be stolen without the thief gaining access to the keys.

“This is a trend that we are seeing right across Australia, and that’s why this year’s Operation Bounce Back program focuses on raising awareness of key theft, and in particular, key theft via house burglaries.”

Broadmeadows Police Crime Prevention Officer Damien Collins said while all cars are a target of thieves, cars produced after 2001 have engine immobilisers fitted to reduce theft.

“A majority of cars are stolen from residential streets and driveways. Thieves are very opportunistic and will target unlocked vehicles for both theft from and theft of motor vehicles,” Mr Collins said.

“A garage remote left in the car is also a perfect opportunity for thieves to gain entry to your house. Under no circumstances should you leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the car and ignition on.”

Car theft facts

  • Thieves are now targeting homes to steal car keys of ‘secure’ vehicles. 
  • If your car is worth $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000, then that could be the value of your keys to a thief.
  • Vehicle keys are the only property stolen in one in four reported burglaries in which a vehicle has been taken. 
  • There are simple ways to reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen, such as not leaving keys in plain view at home on tables, desks or key hooks and not hiding a second set of keys anywhere on your car. 
  • Car security begins at home – to download a free home security assessment guide, visit and look out for the campaign advertising in the Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury cinemas over the April school holiday period.

Posted on 1:00 PM, 4 April 2017

Updated : 5:17 PM, 5 April 2017

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