Protect Your Vehicles
A lot of crime is against cars, motorbikes and bicycles, including the theft of vehicles and theft from vehicles. Most of it can be prevented.
- Keep your car keys somewhere out of sight in your home where they aren't visible from windows or doors.
- Lock the doors and close the windows and sun roof when you leave the car - for any length of time.
- Remove satellite navigation devices where possible.
- Number plates are often stolen for criminal use. Use anti-theft screws, available from car accessory stores.
Theft from cars
When you park:
- Try to park somewhere open and well-lit.
- Lock up - including the boot.
- Remember to close the windows and sunroof.
- Do not leave anything on show in your car when you park - not even a coat or empty carrier bag.
Motor bikes, mopeds and scooters
- Always lock your bike and set the alarm if it has one. Use a manual locking device such as an alarmed disc lock or a D lock.
- When leaving your bike for some time, try to lock it to something secure. Use parking infrastructure or anchorage points where available.
- At home, lock your bike away in a garage or shed.
- Any bike that can not be registered with Department of Transport can be registered with Bikelinc.
- Record all details of your boat and equipment - including serial numbers - and keep in a safe place.
- Mark any valuable items with an engraver or UV pen with your drivers licence number.
- Fit an anti theft device to your trailer.
- Fit a quality lock to your boat.
- Remove all valuable items from your boat when you leave it unattended, including all alcohol.
- Consider fitting a quality alarm to your boat.
- Take your keys with you when leaving the boat.
- Use a key float.
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Register your bike for free with Bikelinc, a Crime Stoppers WA initiative. This will help Police return it to you if the bike gets stolen.
Take a photo of your bike and keep it with the insurance details. Make a note of the make, model and serial number.
Always lock your bike, even if you are leaving it for a couple of minutes.
When parking away from home make sure your bike is locked to a fixed object that can't be lifted or removed.
Invest in a good quality lock, such as a "D Lock" and always lock your bicycle when not in use, ensuring the lock is tight.
At home, lock bicycles in a secure garage or shed if you have one, using a good quality "D Lock".
Secure removed parts (for example, wheels) or take smaller parts with you (for example, lights and quick-release saddles).
Protect Your Vehicle
Most car thefts occur in or around private residences, so it is important to take steps to protect your car.
Park your car in a locked garage if possible – or park in your driveway or a well-lit area if they are preferred alternatives.
Keep all keys, including spares, in a secure place – never leave keys in your car. Keep keys out of sight in your home.
Lock all car doors and windows, even when parking at home or just leaving your car for a moment.
Leave your car empty with no items on show. Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen than the car itself.