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Around 1 in every 120 Australian homes fall victim to car criminals each year – with a car stolen every 12 minutes, according to research by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).

Simple mistakes made all too often by owners – such as leaving vehicles unlocked and leaving valuables and personal items in a vehicle – make it too tempting and too easy for thieves.

Another common mistake is owners having car keys too easily accessible. With 7 out of 10 vehicles stolen with their own keys – not by hot-wiring as many may assume – safeguarding your car keys is as important as locking the car. This includes keeping keys somewhere secure (out of sight) inside your home, because once a thief gains access through an unlocked door or window, they can simply take the keys and drive away. In a survey conducted by Budget Direct (2021), it was no surprise to find that most Australians put their car keys somewhere easily accessible, like a hook or flat surface near a door.

Vehicle Safety Community Service Announcement

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia recently created a series of Community Service Announcements (CSAs) to promote awareness of personal safety and security.
Watch this short video on Vehicle Safety.

And you can view all the videos on community safety and security here:


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