Duty of car inside unlocked car

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Duty of car inside unlocked car

Postby Leroy » Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:57 pm

Hi all, bit of through experiment, bit of real life. My car has been rifled through a few times parked unlocked on my home driveway. Especially seems like the glovebox and centre console get attention. If you're all busy you can skip this one:

My question is are the lines of duty of care from me to the thief? If I leave say tools(esp knives/saw blades) in the glove-box/tool bag and a nighttime visitor opens themselves up scuffling through there, what's their likelihood of a successful 3rd party claim against me? What if they become snagged on something reaching into the car (can only access one side) and become trapped and get a case of compartment syndrome while they wait to be freed.

I can manage the risk to welcomed parties on all these things, no problem, and risk contained, but on the rare occasion that I leave it unlocked, I'm interested in the potential outcomes. Already been gone through twice this year. Doesn't seem like I could (or should have to) take extra steps to contain the risk any further than I have already. I'm all for poetic justice, but in a world where burglars

Some (very click-bait) research. (I note the bit on boobytraps!):
https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bill/ ... A9403l.pdf
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/b ... 36971.html

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