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Theft from vehicles on the increase

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is joining calls for local residents to follow some simple steps to protect themselves and their property from theft.

There has been an increase in property theft from vehicles in the local area and Police are warning residents that unlocked doors are being targeted.

The majority of reported offences in the area were thefts from parked vehicles with credit cards and electronic equipment being stolen. Residents should remove any valuables from their cars when they park, including wallets and electronic goods and ensure that all other valuables are out of sight. Theft

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“I urge all residents across the Wallsend electorate to keep an eye on their valuables and follow a few simple steps to reduce the risk of theft.”

“It takes just a moment for a thief to get in and out of an unlocked car or to smash a window and grab whatever they can. Take your phone and wallet with you when you park, and make sure that any bags left in the car are kept well out of sight.”

“Thieves can’t steal something valuable from your car if there’s nothing in there to steal.”

“If your car is broken into, please make sure that you report it to the Police Assistance Line on 131444 or you can report it online through the NSW Police Community Portal at www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_portal.”

“Local police are doing their best to track down the culprits with limited staff and resources, but they need more support from this Government.”

“I have been calling for a greater Police in the western suburbs of Newcastle, including the Beresfield/Tarro area.”

“My constituents are sick of being ignored by this Government and I’ll continue to fight for them.”