Campaign on car theft


Having a car stolen is stressful, inconvenient and costly, particularly during the festive season.  

However, it’s the unfortunate reality that many residents across the Lower Hunter will face, with motor vehicle thefts traditionally spiking over summer. 

Mayors from the Greater Newcastle Area including Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Port Stephens have joined forces to reduce vehicle thefts in a region-wide initiative that aims to educate people about how to prevent falling victim to thieves.  

City of Newcastle received $15,000 in funding from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council to roll out the car theft prevention campaign.

“One of the biggest factors to motor vehicle theft is home break-ins – it’s common for a home burglar to steal car keys,” City of Newcastle Community Safety Facilitator, Lisa Davis, said. 

“The majority of home burglaries are opportunistic, with burglars targeting houses they perceive as providing the easiest and quickest access points.” 

Some simple tips for preventing motor vehicle theft include keeping your vehicle keys out of sight when you are at home; never leaving them near doors or windows; and do not include your name and address on key ring tags. 

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