Vehicle Security

Outsmart the offender

Car break-ins can be opportunistic crimes. Follow these tips to ensure the next car stolen won't be yours.

Lock and hide

Even when your car is locked, it’s not impossible to get in. Offenders are less likely to break in if they can’t see anything worth stealing.  So take the time to lock your doors, close the windows and don’t leave valuables in sight.

  • Lock your car even if you’re only gone for a few seconds
  • Close all windows
  • Don’t leave valuables in the car like your wallet, phone or tablet even if it is locked, even loose change can tempt a thief
  • Don’t keep registration papers or anything valuable in the glove box
  • Never leave spare keys and garage remotes in your car (even if they are hidden)
  • If possible, park in a garage, your backyard or carport rather than in your driveway or on the street
  • Be aware of where you are parking if you’re out at night, park in a secure carpark or an area that is well lit

Play it safe with your ride

Statistics show cars are more likely to be stolen from a car park than any other location. Your driveway and house are also target locations.

We also know thieves continue to target older vehicles that don’t have an engine immobiliser because they are easier to steal. If you have an older vehicle you should fit it with an Australian Standards approved engine immobiliser or buy a steering wheel lock. If your car was manufactured after 2001, your car will have come with an immobiliser.

About 1 in 4 cars are stolen using keys. For newer cars, thieves are now breaking into houses to find the car keys and then stealing the car.

Outsmart the offender by always taking your car keys with you, and when at home leave them in a safe place. If you leave home without your car, play it safe with your ride and don’t leave your car keys in plain sight in your house.


If your car is stolen

If your car is stolen, follow these steps:

  • Contact police on 131 444 immediately to file a stolen-vehicle report.
  • You may also be asked to provide the following information:
    • License plate number
    • Make, model, and colour of your vehicle as well as any identifying characteristics, and
    • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of your vehicle being stolen.
  • You will need a copy of the police report and/or a case number to provide to your insurance company.

I have information about stolen cars in the ACT, what should I do?

If you know someone who’s planning to steal a car – or is driving a stolen vehicle contact Crime Stoppers. Remember you can remain anonymous.

Call: 1800 333 000
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