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Thieves target unlocked cars in Mackay

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Mackay residents are being reminded to lock up their cars as dozens of vehicle related crimes are recorded across the region this week.

Local officers have been called to 34 incidents in five days.

A Queensland Police spokesperson says the crimes range from stolen phones and other valuables out of cars, to registraton plates being stolen as well.

"The majority of these vehicles were unlocked or unsecured vehicles or vehicle keys were easily accessible," they say.

"Police continue to encourage community members to ensure your vehicles and keys are secure."

Police recommend the following simple steps:

When you return home double check that you have locked your vehicle even if leaving it for a few moments.
Lock your doors at home so no access can be gained without a key.
Hide car keys in a place that means they are not easily accessible to a car thief.
Fit one way screws to prevent registration plate theft.
Police are currently investigating all these matters and encourage anyone with information or vision to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

For information on key security, click on the link below.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote these reference numbers: QP2100667940, QP2100673297, QP2100674009, QP2100674216, QP2100674375, QP2100674535, QP2100674671, QP2100681000.