LOCK IT UP: Wally Lewis teams up with QLD Police to encourage Queenslanders to secure their vehicles and homes.
LOCK IT UP: Wally Lewis teams up with QLD Police to encourage Queenslanders to secure their vehicles and homes. Contributed

Wally Lewis joins lock it up campaign

MANY people living in regional areas leave their vehicles and homes unlocked, believing theft to be an uncommon occurrence in smaller towns, but police have warned of the risks of not locking up.

The risks of leaving vehicles and houses unsecured have been highlighted in a new three-part crime prevention video series featuring "The King” Wally Lewis to help reduce motor vehicle theft rates in Queensland.

The first instalment focuses on vehicle security; an effective measure that only takes a few seconds and helps prevent thefts from and theft of vehicles.

Dalby Police Sergeant Greg Finucane said towns across the Western Downs could no longer be considered "way out there” and that "people should not believe they can leave vehicles and houses unsecured”.

"Opportunistic thieves are everywhere, including smaller towns,” Sgt Finucane said.

"We are urging motorists and residents to ensure they lock their vehicles and houses and remove valuables, even if only away for a few minutes.”

Brisbane Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins urged members of the community to secure their vehicles when leaving them unattended, even when parked at home.

"A reduction in crime can be achieved by preventative methods being adopted by the community that help stop offences from happening in the first place,” acting Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said.

"Locking your vehicle doors and ensuring all windows are closed are basic, yet effective security measures to reduce the chance of having your vehicle broken into.”

Police advise that securing vehicles increased the effort and risk for opportunist thieves, whose main technique is to try doors on multiple vehicles in large parking areas such as at shopping centres, on residential streets and at transport locations.

Thieves usually looked for quick and easy entries that don't raise attention, knowing that eventually they will find a vehicle with an unlocked door or a window left down.

Police are urging locals, "don't drop the ball” and to lock vehicles to help reduce vehicle crime.

The video series can viewed here.


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