A CAR theft victim is calling for a crackdown on the purchase of mechanic tools, as nearly four cars are broken into every night in Wagga.
The Wagga Local Government Area has the fastest-growing rate of motor vehicle theft in the state - rising by 84.8 per cent in the past two years - according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).
It is a damning statistic that Jacob Chapple knows too well.
In May, his Brumby ute was stolen from his Colong Place home in Kooringal. He was dealt another blow when his replacement vehicle was broken into while parked in the same place on December 18.
Mr Chapple was told by the forensic police investigating his matters that other similar incidents suggested thieves were using tools that locksmiths, mechanics and the NRMA used to break into cars.
Mr Chapple is now demanding permits and licences be issued when purchasing these tools, which he believes are contributing to the rising rate of car crime.
Mr Chapple explained the tool to be similar to a blood pressure machine, used by inserting a narrow piece between the car window and door and pumping it up to wedge out the window and unlock the door without setting off any alarms.
“It’s apps and ebay where people can get them,” Mr Chapple said. “Anyone can just buy them.”
Nearly every night across the city, a car is being stolen and three more are broken into and ransacked, according to BOCSAR.
“Having permits to buy them would curb crime,” Mr Chapple said.
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