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Keep your valuables out of sight in parked cars

Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013

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People are too lax about leaving valuables in their cars, luring in would-be thieves, police say.

A North Shore police crime prevention patrol found a number of parked cars with valuables sitting in plain sight of passersby.

One car had a wallet stuffed full of cash sitting on the front passenger seat and another unlocked car had a brand new PS4 PlayStation game sitting in the open.

Acting Inspector Andy King says these two examples are easy pickings for burglars.

"Don't give thieves a chance to operate.

"When you leave your car parked at the shops, the mall or overnight outside your house, valuables should be removed, or at least placed out of sight, and the car securely locked."

The holiday period can be easily ruined by having hard earned possessions stolen, Mr King says, but with a few simple precautions this can be avoided.

"Christmas presents are another one. You spend hours choosing gifts and paying with your hard earned cash. Don't then leave them sitting in the car where thieves can try to pinch them - put them in the boot instead."

Take care around the home too, he says.

With windows and doors open during summer, thieves get free entry into your home.

"If you're in the backyard or at the back of the house, remember it is easy for a thief to slip inside through an open front door."

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