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Advice issued after vehicle crimes

Alert message sent 10/11/2017 09:46:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police takes all theft from vehicle crimes reported to us seriously. In the last week there have been six reports of thefts from vehicles in the Marsh Leys area, and community officers are working to conduct targeted patrols and give out crime prevention advice to residents to help decrease these offences in the area.

It takes as little as ten seconds to break into a vehicle, so the force recommends that vehicle owners take some of the following steps to minimise their chances of becoming a victim of crime:
  • Never leave tools in your van overnight; it may be worth having a sign in your vehicle that states no tools are left in it overnight
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to other members of the public, or covered by CCTV
  • Don’t leave things on show in your car, and don’t leave valuables in the glove-box of your car
  • It’s better to store items in the boot at your point of departure, not the point of arrival – you don’t know who may be watching
  • Property marking cannot prevent your goods from being stolen but it is a very good deterrent as it is difficult to sell on stolen property that has been marked. It also allows the police to return recovered stolen goods to their rightful owner. Mark your property with your house/flat number and postcode.
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Lindsay Coates-Ledden (Police, Communications and Media Officer, Bedfordshire)

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