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Keep car keys close

The charging of man with two car thefts has prompted a police warning about leaving keys in vehicles.

JARROD WHITTAKER January 2, 2014 5:06am

Shepparton motorists are being warned not to leave keys in cars, after a man was charged with the opportunistic theft of two cars.

Shepparton police Crime Investigation Unit First Constable Chris Morrison said the two cars were allegedly stolen after the keys were left in the vehicles.

A Shepparton man, 24, has been charged in relation to the thefts.

First Const Morrison said a trend had emerged of opportunistic thieves stealing vehicles after the keys were left inside.

‘‘We’re seeing some offences along that line — where if the car was locked they might not have become a victim,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re urging people to be a bit more vigilant in protecting their property.

‘‘An offender that is targeting vehicles that are unlocked may move onto the next vehicle if the car is locked.’’

First Const Morrison said police were tackling the problem, but needed public support.

‘‘People can help us out by locking their cars and not leaving the keys in them,’’ he said.

The man will face Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on January 8.

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