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Cairns residents share tips to prevent car theft amid surge in home and vehicle thefts

The extraordinary step Aussie is taking to ensure her car doesn’t get stolen as the city is declared the nation’s capital against major auto theft

  • Cairns resident Dean Stone removes his car battery every night to prevent theft
  • Mr Stone also removes the fuses from his engine so thieves cannot start his car
  • Cairns home security sales surged in response to local theft reports
  • Residents have created an online group to help recover stolen items and share tips

Car owners desperate to keep their vehicles from being stolen have taken to removing batteries and fuses every night amid a wave of car thefts.

Dean Stone, who lived in Cairns in Far North Queensland, said he was forced to take extreme measures to protect his car after it was broken into.

When he lived in the tropical city, Mr Stone said he spent a few minutes every night removing his car battery and engine fuses, without which the vehicle could not start.

“It takes two minutes to pull out a fuse and put it back in. It stopped my cars being stolen,” he told the Cairns Post.

Mr Stone said he believed car and home thefts had become more common as they were seen as “very easy to get into”.

Cairns saw its car theft record broken in 2021 when offenders stole a total of 782 vehicles during the year, an average of 65.1 cars per month.

The city is on course to break its record again in 2022 with 485 vehicles stolen in the area since early May this year.

Dean Stone (above) said he removed his car battery and engine fuses every night amid a wave of thefts in Cairns, far north Queensland

Craig Moore, owner of the Cairns Moore Solutions security store, told the Post he had seen an increase in customers as auto theft began across the city.

Mr Moore said he had been particularly busy over the past year with victims of theft and those worried about the safety of their homes, flooding his business with inquiries.

“The crime rate in Cairns and FNQ is out of control and if there is anything a person can do to make them feel safe on their own property they should do whatever they can can,” Moore said.

Cairns residents share tips to prevent car theft amid surge in home and vehicle thefts

Sales of home security products have increased significantly in Cairns over the past year, with more residents reporting car and home thefts

With the drastic increase in thefts, residents have created online groups dedicated to tracking down stolen items, alerting each other to burglaries and sharing tips for avoiding theft.

‘I bought a GPS tracker. Costs $100 and $10 per month. I hope I never need it, but I know where my car is and where it’s been,’ one person wrote online.

“Perhaps if everyone sold their cars as a precaution and we all used taxis and buses that can be safely locked up in a complex, we wouldn’t have to worry about unplugging and replugging the batteries, hiding keys, draining fuel or removing tires,” another said.

Stone recommended people arm their homes with CCTV cameras, motion sensor alarms, window locks and more than two door locks to increase home security.


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