Drivers face $358 fines for leaving car doors unlocked

The police have adopted powers to fine motorists in the Yarra Ranges of Victoria up to $358 for leaving their car doors unlocked or windows down, it has been revealed.

Sergeant John Morgan, officer in charge of the Yarra Ranges traffic management unit, confirmed the police had decided to enforce the fines after a spike in the theft of unsecured motor vehicles.

The theft of valuables from cars in the Yarra Ranges has increased 10.1 per cent between 2009-10, and Sergeant Morgan suggested the issue of vehicle theft was one that impacted the whole community, adding that it could even affect the decision of Aussies looking to comparecar insurance quotes.

"It puts our crime stats up, it wastes police man hours in investigating the crimes in the first instance and ultimately it will put up insurance premiums," he said.

Under the new Road Safety Road Rules 2009 legislation, motorists can be fined for leaving car doors unlocked, windows down, parking brakes unengaged or keys in the ignition.

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