In the first trial of its kind in Australia, 1,000 cars in Perth will be fitted with GPS trackers in a bid to reduce car thefts.
With immobilizers fitted in 90 per cent of vehicles in Western Australia, police have seen a spike in the number of home break-ins with the sole purpose of stealing car keys.
While there has been an increase in similar activity in others states, it remains most prolific in WA.
After profiling more than 2000 recent thefts, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council has identified the types of cars being stolen and the areas where they are most likely to be taken from.
Owners of specific vehicles considered at high-risk of "theft by keys" are being invited to participate in the trial.
Users of the device can set a virtual perimeter around their car with a smart phone app and the vehicle can be tracked on a digital map.
If the car goes out of its designated area, an alert is sent to the owner.
Details of high-risk cars and areas were not being released.
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