Police have urged the community to consider safety precautions after a frightening, suspected carjacking at the weekend.
A 68-year-old woman was sitting in her car near Howitt Street in Wendouree about 12pm on Sunday when a 38-year-old man allegedly tried to pull her out of her car.
It is alleged that he tried to drive off in the woman's car before a member of the public, who was watching the scene unfold, intervened and pulled him from the car.
The man was charged with a string of offences including carjacking, robbery, theft, assault and committing an indictable offence while on bail.
He did not apply for bail when he appeared in court on Monday morning and will be remanded in custody for at least two months.
Acting Inspector Ben Young said he understood the community concern around a carjacking occurring in Ballarat but stressed that such events were an "extremely rare occurrence".
"The offender in regard to this incident has been arrested by police and remanded. [They] do not pose any further danger to the community," he said.
Acting Inspector Young encouraged all community members to be aware of their surroundings and to take steps towards reducing possible risks to their safety.
"Many newer vehicles have the ability to lock the vehicle's doors when you are travelling, with several having automatic locking as a feature," he said.
"It is important that everyone locks their vehicles to ensure security and that valuables are removed from the vehicle or at least from sight."
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