Issued Wednesday 12 April 2017
The City of Casey has teamed up with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) and Victoria Police on a campaign aimed at driving down motor vehicle theft in Casey.
City of Casey Deputy Mayors Damien Rosario and Susan Serey were joined by representatives of NMVTRC and Victoria Police to officially launch Operation Bounce Back at Berwick Motor Group’s Hallam precinct on Tuesday 11 April 2017.
Cr Rosario said the campaign was all about educating the community in protecting themselves from motor vehicle theft.
“Unfortunately the City of Casey has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the state and it’s one of the largest crime types Victoria Police responds to in the municipality.
“In 2015/16, there were almost 1,000 vehicles stolen in Casey with the suburbs of Berwick, Narre Warren and Cranbourne the hardest hit.
“Community safety is a high priority of Council and Operation Bounce Back is one way we’re working with key agencies to tackle crime in our city.”
As part of Operation Bounce Back, Council in conjunction will NMVTRC and Victoria Police will be promoting valuable tips to the community about protecting themselves from becoming a victim of motor vehicle theft. Council will have pop-up stands at local events and shopping centres where they’ll be sharing information with residents, as well as running NMVTRC’s educational advertisements at local cinemas.
“Essentially the campaign focuses on spreading the word that car security begins at home, and the easiest way to avoid becoming a victim of motor vehicle theft is to reduce the opportunity for offenders,” Cr Rosario said.
“Thieves often target homes to steal car keys of secure vehicles; enhancing your home's security is one way to prevent that occurring as well as safeguarding your vehicle’s keys - they are worth as much as the value of your car.”
Cr Rosario said safety is everybody's business and encouraged residents to work together with Council to drive down vehicle theft in Casey.
“Take responsibility for ensuring your property is as secure and safe as it can be and look out for your neighbours and be aware of the comings and goings in your street so you can identify if something looks out of the ordinary,” Cr Rosario concluded.
For simple steps on safeguarding your keys and car visit the Car Security Begins At Home website. To report suspicious behaviour call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or criminal activity call Police on 000.