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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has joined forces with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council to further prevent and reduce car theft.
The Bureau of Crime Statics and Research (BOCSAR) has indicated there were 704 incidences of motor vehicle theft in the Canterbury-Bankstown area, between April 2016 and March 2017, a decrease of 30 per cent from the 1,006 recorded in 2014.
The top five cars likely to be targeted for theft, include a Nissan Pulsar, Holden Commodore VE and VT, Toyota Hilux and Ford Falcon.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said Operation Bounce Back is aimed at making a further dent in the number of car thefts.
“We have been working hard with Police and other NSW Government agencies to address crime in our city and, and the BOCSAR statistics show, we are succeeding, but we still have work to do,” Mr Colley said.
“One car stolen is one too many.”
The awareness campaign aims to promote the prevention of vehicle theft in the area through a five-week cinema advertising campaign, local newspaper advertisements, and the distribution of more than 200 ‘Secure your car posters’ to over 100 local automotive businesses.
“The trend of motor vehicle theft has changed over the years from hotwiring cars, to stealing keys from homes in order to carry out theft, but the message remains the same, which is Car security begins at home”, Mr Colley said.
Enfield Spares owners, Maria and John Hatzidakis, were eager to take part in the campaign.
“We’ve been the victims of car theft ourselves, so we know what an inconvenience it can be and welcome any tips to help others avoid what we went through,” Mrs Hatzidakis said.
“It can never hurt to remind people of little things they should be doing, such as placing their keys in a secure and safe place at home, that only they and their immediate family know about, as opposed to having them near the front door or out in plain sight.
“It’s a simple initiative that can go a long way. Hopefully our customers will see the poster and learn something new about how to keep their chances of car theft low.”
The campaign will run until Monday 7 August.
12/07/2017 9:28 AM