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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Locals embrace vehicle immobiliser subsidy trial

RESIDENTS in Cairns, Townsville and Mount Isa have welcomed the State Government’s Secondary Vehicle Immobiliser Subsidy Trial with open arms with more than half the vouchers spoken for.

People have obtained 11,926 vouchers since the launch of the subsidy trial on 2 August this year, providing a $500 subsidy voucher to eligible vehicle owners.

So far, 1,832 car owners have redeemed their vouchers and had a secondary engine immobiliser installed in their vehicle, with many more booked in with approved installers.

Police Minister Mark Ryan is urging eligible vehicle owners in Cairns, Townsville or Mount Isa to get on board and take advantage of this opportunity while vouchers remain.

“This is a way for community members in the trial area to participate in this community safety initiative,” he said.

“A secondary engine immobiliser significantly strengthens the security of the vehicle and supports better community safety outcomes.”

Queensland Police Service acting assistant commissioner Chris Stream said with more half the vouchers now allocated, police are encouraging voucher holders to book their immobiliser installation.

“We have received very positive feedback from vehicle owners who have had their device installed through the program,” he said.

“It is promising that so many community members have taken advantage of this crime prevention strategy.

“To avoid a rush and possible delayed installation times at the end of the trial, we encourage people to book their immobiliser installation now.

“We know this technology stops car thieves in their tracks. If you are an eligible resident of Cairns, Townsville or Mount Isa and haven’t applied for a voucher yet, we encourage you to take-up the offer.”

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Serial thieves charged for property offences and Cairns moves to new cultural beat.

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