Griffith is currently seeing a spike in thefts from cars, one of the worst police have seen in years.
With 48 reported thefts since October 1, police say over half of those have occurred within the last two weeks.
Chief Inspector John Wadsworth says the crimes are ones of opportunity, and says a lot of thefts are from cars that are unlocked, with valuables in full view.
"We have had spikes before, but this is certainly one of the highest reported number of incidents we've seen for Griffith in the last two years," he explained.
We have had spikes before, but this is certainly one of the highest reported number of incidents we've seen for Griffith in the last two yearsChief Inspector John Wadsworth
"Police are making every effort to investigate each and every incident using forensic examination and resources, as well as obtaining all forms of video evidence."
He said they are also relying on the community to give as much information as they can, but also to stop providing these "opportunists" with the chance to steal.
"We want the community to make it as difficult as possible for these opportunistic thieves by making sure all cars are locked, secured and safe."
When leaving your vehicle, make sure you:
- Don't keep valuables or personal items in your car
- if you park in the garage, make sure you lock it
- use a high-quality steering wheel lock
- make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked
- park in a safe place
- install a high quality electric alarm
- keep all valuables out of sight
- keep your keys safe
- install an engine immobiliser
If you have any information, contact Griffith Police Station on 6969 4299 or alternatively contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppers.com.au.
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