A new vehicle theft campaign is asking the community to take action and consider how accessible their car keys are to potential thieves, with statistics showing that seven out of ten cars are stolen with their own keys. 

The Consideration is Key (External link) campaign, launched recently across Victoria, and will be raising community awareness, highlighting the high percentage of motor vehicle thefts that are crimes of opportunity.

In addition to these messages, members of the community are being urged to report any sightings of motor vehicle thefts to police or Crime Stoppers.

Many theft of motor vehicle and theft from motor vehicle incidents are opportunistic. Thieves will take advantage of easily accessible homes and cars, and this campaign is here to remind the Victorian public not to make it easy for these opportunistic thieves. 

The campaign highlights the strong link between residential burglaries and car theft from homes, with:

  • 70 per cent of all late model cars stolen in Victoria are stolen with their own keys
  • 45 per cent of cars are stolen from outside the home
  • 25 per cent of cars are stolen from streets nearby the victim’s home.

Just by taking an extra step to think about where you leave your keys, could deter potential thieves.

The campaign is being delivered in partnership with Crime Stoppers Victoria, National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Victoria Police, Neighbourhood Watch Victoria and the Victorian Government.

Victims of car theft can call Triple Zero (000). If you know something or witness something, make your confidential report to Crime Stoppers today by calling 1800 333 000 or reporting online at crimestoppersvic.com.au/report-a-crime (External link).

Consideration is Key campaign flyer:

The campaing flyer features an image of keys being stolen and statistics about vehicle theft.