– Car thieves and people caught stealing from cars are being put on strict curfews under a zero-tolerance initiative by Geelong police.
The Geelong Theft from Motor Vehicles Unit was set up three weeks ago in response to a rapid rise in the number of thefts from cars, which has more than doubled across the region in the past three months.
Theft of cars is also on the rise across Victoria.
Senior Constable Janie Penny said police had been forced to take a hardline approach.
Bail conditions for all offenders, whether repeat or first-timers, must stipulate a strictly enforced curfew – most commonly 9 pm to 9 am – during which they cannot leave their address.
Anyone caught breaking a curfew will immediately go before a magistrate for breach of bail.
The Herald Sun revealed in November that detectives investigating gangland activity had been called into the battle against spiralling car theft across Victoria.
The separate anti-car theft taskforce was begun in the north-west policing region – Courtney Crane