Police are urging residents and visitors to the region to remain vigilant and help to keep opportunistic criminals at bay by following key crime prevention advice.
Most thefts are carried out by opportunist thieves, who choose “easy targets”. A few simple precautions will greatly reduce your chances of being a victim of vehicle crime.
- Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view.
- NEVER leave valuable items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav. Do you really need all those things you keep in the glove box?
- Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.
- Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plate.
- Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door or a window – this increases the risk of a “2 in 1 burglary” when your home is burgled and vehicle stolen at the same time.
- Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your vehicle unattended.
Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy, well-lit area.
- Leave cash, credit cards, chequebook, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car.
- Never leave your keys in the car, even for a second – treat them as you would your cash and credit cards.
- When leaving your vehicle parked, remove all valuables – especially satellite navigation equipment, cameras, binoculars, mobile phones and handbags. If you cannot take them with you, lock them out of sight