Fairfield City Crime Coordinator Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell has a simple message for the Fairfield community: "Lock your vehicles."
It comes as the latest crime data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealed a 19.7 rise in steal from motor vehicles in the 24-months to June 2019.
It's the first time in more than a year there has been a rise in one of the 17 major criminal offences in Fairfield.
All the other offences remained stable with break and enter dwelling (down 24.1 per cent) and non domestic violence related assaults (down 7.5 per cent) on the decline.
Senior Sergeant Grenfell said the highest number of reported thefts were from Cabramatta, Fairfield and Fairfield West.
Offences are generally occurring with vehicles parked on driveways or residential streets with most offences occurring on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays between 6pm and 9pm.
"The thieves are targeting residential streets and simply walk along a street trying door handles until they find one unlocked," Senior Sergeant Grenfell said.
"We must make it harder than that for thieves to steal our possessions."
Police are urging residents to follow some simple tips to curb the rise in car thefts. They are:
- Lock your car whenever you are walking away from your vehicle.
- Always fully close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your car unattended.
- Don't leave expensive items such as a wallet, handbag or mobile phone on a seat visible from outside your vehicle.
- If parking your vehicle on the street at night, park it in a well-lit area.
Statewide, steal from retail store (up 6.5 per cent) was the only one of the 17 major offences significantly increased This increase is largely due to more shop stealing incidents occurring at licenced premises and supermarkets. The most commonly stolen objects are alcohol, cosmetics/toiletries and clothing.