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Alert message sent 03/11/2017 17:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Good evening,
I would like to make you aware that there has been an increase in Vehicle Crime in the area, these are theft from vehicle. Please see below our Vehicle Security Advice.


WHEELS Alloy wheels are always attractive to a thief because of their high value.You can secure your wheels by using locking wheel nuts. Locking wheel nuts will also prevent the theft of 'run-on-flatʼ tyres. Cable ties won't prevent your wheel trims from being stolen but they are a good deterrent because they will slow an offender down.


Index plates are often stolen to ʻdisguiseʼ another vehicle in the execution of a crime. You can secure your plates by removing the original screws and replacing them with clutch-head screws. These are screws that can only be turned clockwise and you need a drill to remove them. Stick-on plates are never a good idea – they can be removed quickly and quietly. Visit for details on tamper-proof index plates. Many garages offer to fit anti-theft plates: please check the product is DVLA approved and bears the ʻSold Secure logo. Many non-tested products are proving not to work effectively.


If you have a steering wheel lock, then use it. There are many types on the market; the most popular are the ʻthread throughʼ style and the steering wheel shields. Make sure any product bought has the ʻSold Secureʼ brand of approval. You can also but locking wheel clamps – these are especially useful if the vehicle is to be left unattended for a long period (e.g., while you are on holiday).There are now a number of strong boxes that have been designed to fix into the boot of a car or the back of a van. These are particularly useful if you need to transport tools or expensive items as part of your work. If you need to transport tools and equipment as part of your job, empty your vehicle every evening. It is also worth having a sign in your vehicle that states no tools are left in it overnight.


Most new cars are fitted with an alarm and immobiliser as standard. However, it is possible to install a higher specification alarm if necessary. These alarms can also be installed in caravans. Please check the alarm you buy has the ʻSold Secureʼ seal of approval.

If you can remove the fascia of your stereo, do so. This is the best way to make your stereo undesirable. You can also secure your stereo by replacing the fixing screws with small gauge clutch-head screws. It makes sense to property mark your stereo and other in-car gadgets, too.


Sometimes houses are burgled specifically to get the keys to a desirable vehicle parked on the drive. When at home, keep your keys out of the line of vision from doors, letter boxes and windows. Don't store them in an obvious place, like a drawer in the hallway table or kitchen, or a hook on the back of the door.


If you have a garage, clear it out and park the car in it – this will help prevent your car being specifically targeted if it is a desirable make an model. If you own a motorcycle, consider installing a ground anchor and use a sturdy chain and padlock. You can reinforce the security of the garage door by fitting a ʻgarage defenderʼ – this prevents the up and- over door from being raised. Garage windows can be obscured with frosted adhesive vinyl – if a burglar can't see in, it reduces the temptation to break in. If you can park on a driveway, consider fitting a fold-down or telescopic post. If you own a caravan or trailer, consider installing a hitchlock and post. Make sure the area where you park your car is well-lit. It the parking area is on private property, you can use a domestic CCTV system. Always empty your vehicle of property and remove the stereo fascia when you park up outside your home.

For more crime reduction advice, please email
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Ann Jeeves (Police, PCSO, North)

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