Pt Augusta makes top ten list of regional car break-ins

Port Augusta made a place on South Australia's top ten list of regional hot spots for thieves stealing items from a car, according to the RAA.

The organisation has compiled police data over the past year and discovered numerous facts about car thefts.

There were 11,963 car break-ins across the state in the 12 months to March, which is up 22 per cent on the previous year.

In regional areas Port Lincoln topped the list with 118 break-ins, followed by Murray Bridge with 92 and Mount Gambier with 84.

After that it was Whyalla Norrie 42, Whyalla Stuart 38, Mount Barker 36, Wallaroo 33, Port Augusta 32, Renmark 25 and Port Augusta West 20.

In South Australia there were 4432 motor vehicles illegally taken for joy rides or money in the 12 months to March which is up 27 per cent on the previous year.

RAA Insurance claims manager Hayley Cain said leaving valuables, such as cash, wallets and mobile phones in view could help a thief make an easy decision.

"Having your car stolen or damaged by a break-in can be a major inconvenience,'' Ms Cain said.

RAA tips to keep your motor vehicle safe:

  • Remove valuables from the vehicle, including house keys and important documents which may reveal where you live, rather than keeping them stashed out of view.
  • Do not keep items in the boot - this is usually one of the easiest areas of a vehicle to break into
  • Always lock your vehicle
  • Park your vehicle in a garage or carport if possible and install sensor lights in the driveway to deter thieves.
  • If you must park on the road, leave your car in a well-lit area