Beautiful Beach: Happy Valley, Caloundra Photo: Kari Bourne / Sunshine Coast Daily
Beautiful Beach: Happy Valley, Caloundra Photo: Kari Bourne / Sunshine Coast Daily Kari Bourne

Naive beachgoers make easy target for thieves

BEACHGOERS who stash their keys while going for a swim are falling victim of car theft.

Three people have had their cars stolen in as many days, in the beachside car parks at Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore.

Utes, new cars and older models, thieves are not discriminating, taking advantage of the opportunities to grab the keys from tyre wheels or back trays and driving off.

The spike in car thefts has prompted police to warn drivers to secure their keys.

"You always have to assume someone is watching you and where you put your keys," Senior Sergeant Gavin Marsh said.

"People are leaving keys behind tyres or in the back of utes, but the reality is there is no safe place to put keys.

"The safest way is to have them on you and never just leave them wrapped in a towel because people are watching you do that before you go out into the water.

"You're making the job easy for them (thieves).

"When you have had a good time at the beach and you walk up the beach with your surfboard and your car is gone, there would be nothing more devastating."

Police are promoting a device called Key Safe as an ideal deterrent. Keys, cards and other small valuables can be kept in the combination lock safe and hooked to the tow hook under the car.

Alex, Dicky and Coolum surf shops are offering 20% off the devices to help reduce the incidences of car theft.


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