POLICE say they are concerned about a worrying “trend” across Gunnedah of people breaking into houses simply to steal car keys – and then the cars.
Gunnedah police Sergeant Melville said the thefts were becoming a regular occurrence, with the most recent case being reported on Thursday night.
“At this stage, there doesn’t appear to be a pattern in terms of location of the incidents,” Sergeant Melville said.
“They are all in residential areas and the only common thread with them all is that only keys are taken from the house, before a vehicle is stolen from outside the properties.”
Increased patrols and extra staff will be used to crack down on thieves.
Gunnedah police Sergeant Terry Melville said people should take proper safety precautions.
“We are imploring people to make sure they secure their property,” he said.
“This trend of people breaking into houses looking for keys to cars is very concerning and we are doing everything we can to crack down on this behaviour.”
Locals are being urged to ensure their keys are kept in a secure place inside the home.
“We are really encouraging people to ensure they take care in ensuring they don’t make it easy for thieves,” Sergeant Melville said.
“So please, double check to make sure your vehicles are locked, your keys are kept hidden from thieves and that all valuable property is secured.”
- Anyone with information regarding the thefts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Gunnedah Police Station on 6742 9099