Safer Car Park

Safer Car Park
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The Safer Car Park Program addresses steal from motor vehicle offences by educating the community about the importance of removing valuables from cars when unoccupied. Safer Car Park The Safer Car Park Program addresses steal from motor vehicle offences by educating the community about the importance of removing valuables from cars when unoccupied. Community Safety and Crime Prevention; Community Safety; Safety

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The Safer Car Park Program addresses steal from motor vehicle offences by educating the community about the importance of removing valuables from cars when unoccupied.  

Community Safety officers and local police periodically conduct audits in streets or commuter car parks where steal from motor vehicle has been identified as problem in the area. Police and NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) evidence, such as hot spot maps, are used to identify an increase in or consistently high levels of criminal activity at the location.  

During the audit, police and community safety officers will assess whether any items are on display. Police will then record the registration number and then organise for a letter to be sent to the owner, notifying them of the audit and the valuables sighted on the day.

Below are some tips to help you improve vehicle security by parking safe and smart.

Tips for improving your vehicle security include:

  • Close your windows, remove your keys and lock your doors when leaving your car.
  • Don't leave valuables on display in your car, including GPS, IPADS, IPODS, mobile phone and other devices. Take them with you.
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas and avoid car parks known for theft or break-ins.
  • Be alert when leaving or returning to your car, and when stopping at intersections and traffic lights, particularly at night. Locking car doors whilst driving can prevent carjacking.
  • Don't leave your licence, car registration papers or address details in your vehicle. They can be used by a thief to dispose of your vehicle and also provide them details of where you live.
  • Use a steering wheel lock or engine immobiliser to deter car thieves and joy riders.