Motor vehicle theft on the rise

Motor vehicle theft is on the rise in Fairfield.

The latest crime data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealed a 21.1 per cent rise in motor vehicle theft in the 24-months to September 2019.

Crime rates remained stable in the 16 other major criminal offences in Fairfield for the same period.

The rise in motor vehicle thefts comes after Fairfield City Police Area Command urged residents to be extra vigilant when it comes to locking their cars after a rise in steal from motor vehicles last quarter.

At the time, Crime Coordinator Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell said: "The thieves are targeting residential streets and simply walk along a street trying door handles until they find one unlocked."

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 between on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays between 6pm and 9pm.

Police are urging residents to follow some simple tips to curb the rise in car thefts in the area. These include:

  • 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.
  • Keep your keys safe and label them.