Victoria Police and Country Fire Authority free toddler from locked car outside Ararat Woolworths

Police, paramedics and CFA volunteers were called to Ararat Woolworths car park on Tuesday morning to help free a toddler from a locked car.

Ararat Fire Brigade worked for about 10 minutes to open the doors of a people mover parked in front of the supermarket off Ingor Street.

Firefighters levered back the driver-side door seals and manipulated the lock mechanism.   

Ararat Police Senior Constable Danielle Richardson said police were called to the scene at about 10:40am after the toddler became trapped inside a car by its automatic central locking.

“CFA volunteers were able to open up the vehicle using a special device,” Senior Constable Richardson said.

“The toddler’s parent was here the whole time. The child was not left behind in the car.

“The family was able to take some happy snaps with police once the car was opened.”

Senior Constable Richardson said the vehicle was a recent purchase and the parent was not entirely familiar with the locking system.

“I’d urged people to make sure their spare car keys are not on the same ring as the main keys,” she said.

“I’d also recommend to keep one door open when loading a car with children inside, especially if you are not familiar with the locking system.”