Thieves targetting Tweed cars

POLICE are warning car owners not to leave valuables in their vehicles, following a spate of thefts on the Tweed Coast.

Mobile phones, stereos and cash here have been stolen from cars from Pottsville to Kingscliff, police said.

Tweed/Byron crime prevention officer Andrew Eppelstun said people should remove all valuables from their car and be wary of suspicious activity.

“Thieves usually steal items like mobile phones, cash, CDs and CD players,” Senior Constable Eppelstun said.

“People should take these items with them when possible, or at least store them out of sight in the vehicle.

“As thieves usually gain entry by smashing a window, it's also a good idea to park in well-lit, busy streets.

“It may sound obvious, but always remember to lock your car, and ensure all the windows are fully closed.

Do not hide your keys on or near the vehicle and leave the area, as thieves have been known to watch and wait for opportunities such as this,” he said.

Snr Const Eppelstun said thieves had also targeted local caravan parks, mostly on weekend nights.

“The majority of this crime has targeted goods that were left unsecured,” he said.

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