Police have again urged motorists to lock up their cars and remove valuables to avoid becoming a victim.
Police have again urged motorists to lock up their cars and remove valuables to avoid becoming a victim. APN

Here's why you should check on your car this morning...

DUDE  where's your car? Take a look outside, yours might be gone.

Brazen thieves breaking into cars on the Sunshine Coast are more likely to strike on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.

New police data has shown a rise in car break-ins and thefts in the past month, with most break-ins occurring between 4-8am on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.

Since October 1, thieves have broken into 76 cars across the Coast, most incidents occurring in Maroochydore, Caloundra and Kawana Waters.

Police have again urged motorists to lock up their cars and remove valuables to avoid becoming a victim.

The warning follows the theft of a motorcycle on a trailer from a Mountain Creek driveway in broad daylight.

The trailer was attached to the thief's vehicle and driven away late last week.

Police said motorists should not be complacent about leaving a car unlocked just because it was in the driveway.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS TODAY

Since the start of the month, 12 cars have been broken into, and six of them stolen, from driveways on the Coast.

On two occasions, thieves also broke into the home.

The Sunshine Coast Crime Prevention Unit's Senior Constable Mark Readman said it was essential to lock vehicles no matter where they were parked.

"Opportunist offenders are seeking easy targets and unfortunately finding them on a regular basis," Snr Const Readman said.

"Have the windows fully up, do not have valuables on display, secure tool boxes in trailers and utilities, reverse your trailer in and provide a physical barrier to theft," he said.

"Park as close to where mechanical and natural surveillance is.

"Essentially, implement any strategy that reduces the reward to the offender and increases the risk of the offender being identified or caught."

Anyone with information about stolen cars or break-ins should phone Policelink on 131 444.



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