THE Hills' new local area commander says it "beggars belief" how many people leave their cars unlocked.
"People park in their driveways so they think they're home and they're safe [but] even in the previous spate [of break-ins] the cars were almost exclusively unlocked," Superintendent Rob Critchlow said.
His comment follow 12 thefts from cars on October 10-13, Nine of those were at Baulkham Hills.
Two of those cars were unlocked.
"Even last night [Wednesday] we had an unlocked car in Rouse Hill broken into," Superintendent Critchlow said.
The good news was that the average number of incidents had fallen.
"We've gone from a low in the last week of August of seven incidents to 26 the following week; three weeks later it was seven," Superintendent Critchlow said.
"The message is, lock your cars."
And if your car is broken into, try to "preserve" the car for fingerprinting by draping a towel over the damaged area.
HOW WE COMPARE:
■ 409: Rate per 100,000 population of steal from motor vehicle incidents in Castle Hill (the suburb) from July 2012 to June 2013 — a ‘‘two-year stable trend’’, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reports.
■ 265.4: Kellyville rate per 100,000 population for the same period.
■ 327.2: Baulkham Hills rate; down 14.1 per cent a year for the past two years.
■ 629.8: NSW rate per 100,000 population.