There has been an 80% increase in thefts from cars in several parts of Canberra, according to ACT Policing.
“Belconnen Community Council chair Tara Cheyne, who lives in the town centre, said the increased number of high-rise apartments with underground parking was likely fuelling the increase in thefts from cars.
“Once thieves gain access to these, it also gives them access to a significant number of cars at once, which could point to that increase,” she said.
“Certainly anecdotally, and as a resident of the town centre, people are concerned but that also leads to heightened vigilance and people, as far as I’m concerned, are behaving a lot more carefully when they’ve seen someone in their carparks they haven’t seen before. And I think behaving in that neighbourly way is an important way to help address these incidents.”