26 September 2023

Police propose to test vehicle immobiliser

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The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is to begin an industry consultation in the lead up to a trial of remote engine immobilisers in some northern areas of the State.

Cairns, Townsville and Mount Isa residents will be welcome for the trial of immobilisers, the devices which allow car owners to remotely disable a vehicle’s ignition in the case of theft or unauthorised use, stopping the vehicle in its tracks.

The first industry consultations are due to take place in Cairns on Friday (12 May) with further consultation in Mount Isa on 18 May and Townsville the following day.

The remote engine immobiliser trial itself will begin mid-year.

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Mark Wheeler said the QPS was pleased to promote the initiative.

“We know immobilisers significantly strengthen the security of a person’s vehicle and in time, we hope their increased use will also deter would-be thieves altogether,” A/Deputy Commissioner Wheeler said.

“Police will be actively promoting this trial in North and Far North Queensland to ensure residents are taking advantage of the opportunity.”

He was supported by President of the Police Union, Ian Leavers who said the device had the potential to significantly reduce vehicle theft.

“The opportunity to prevent vehicles being stolen in the first place is a positive,” Mr Leavers said.

“In addition, stolen vehicles have been used as weapons against front-line police and community members as they are often driven recklessly,” he said.

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