Alert and Alarmed

Subject: Alert and Alarmed
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 11:48:01 +1100
Hi All

Some of you might have seen a few messages about car-jackings around Sydney 
recently.  They sound a bit like Urban Myth to me, but I thought I should point 
out that there is PERHAPS a spate of car thefts at the moment that follow this 

Driver gets into car at a large carpark, notices paper stuck to rear window
Gets out to read / remove it
While they are doing that the thieves, who have been hiding, jump into 
unoccupied driver's seat and drive away (most people apparently leave their 
keys in the ignition when getting out to remove paper from the window or close 
a tailgate, etc.)
I realy don't know if this HAS happened but it is being reported widely  - so 
if you are doing a spot of birding, or shopping, take your keys with you if 
ever you leave the vehicle!

And in case you think it's unlikely anyone would get out to look at a bird in a 
shpping centre carpark, I've done this at Warriewood on Sydney's northern 
beaches!   It's often possible to see Eastern Whipbird and other nice forest 
birds on the edge of the carpark there - just remember to take your keys out of 
the ignition if you suddenly see something interesting darting around in the 
shrubbery ...

Russell Woodford

Russell Woodford
Learning Technologies Coordinator
Sacred Heart College Geelong

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