ABLAZE: A stolen car was set on fire in Cherbourg on Sunday night.
ABLAZE: A stolen car was set on fire in Cherbourg on Sunday night. Cameron Bond

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POLICE are again reminding residents to look after their properties and secure their car keys after a fresh round of vehicle thefts at the weekend.

Emergency services were called to Carter St, Cherbourg, about 7.45pm on Sunday, April 15, after a car was set alight.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said two crews attended and by 8pm the car was completely destroyed.

Murgon Senior Sergeant Lance Guteridge said police believed the car was stolen from Hervey Bay.

The incident followed the earlier theft of a Toyota RAV4 from Murgon early Saturday morning.

"The vehicle was found in a damaged condition,” Sen-Sgt Guteridge said.

"Police have located a juvenile suspect in relation to this matter and additional inquiries are being made.”

Sen-Sgt Guteridge said it was an unfortunate sign of the times that residents could not leave their property unsecured.

"We have to make it hard for offenders,” he said.

"We can't live like we did in the past.

"Police urge residents not to leave keys where they can be seen. Keys, like other valuables, need to be secured in the house so people can't access them easily. Police are warning people that offenders now sneak into a house and steal keys for cars because the security systems on cars are that sophisticated they can't be hot-wired.”