Car thefts on the rise

SIENA YATES
Last updated 15:52 12/12/2012

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Police had to wake the owners of four vehicles broken into in the Dey and Fox St area early this morning after arresting three youths, aged 14, 16 and 17 around 4am.

While the outcome was positive, Hamilton's tactical coordinator, senior sergeant Freda Grace said it would have been better to prevent theft from happening in the first place. 

Ms Grace said one of the most effective ways to do this was to hide valuable or ''attractive'' items while away from your car.

"When you think about it, it only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to smash a window and grab a camera, laptop or purse and make off before you have reacted to a car alarm- that's if you have one installed,'' she said.

"It may seem a bit of a hassle to bring those items inside at the time, but think about the hassle of replacing those valuables if they are taken, or in the case of Christmas presents, having to buy more."

The same goes in the home, with warmer weather tempting us to leave windows open and in turn tempting thieves.

"Don't make it easy for the offender to rob you of your goods, make your home hard to target. It really is a case of lock it or lose it, because if you don't offenders will seize the moment."

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