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Vehicle crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 10/11/2017 11:12:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Tackling vehicle crime is a priority and motorists are being reminded of the simple steps they can take to keep their vehicles and belongings safe, such as the importance of making sure their vehicle is securely locked and not keeping valuables in their car, or keeping them out of sight.

Here are some simple steps the public can take to minimise their chances of becoming a victim of car crime:
  • Always remember to LOCK your vehicle, so many thefts occur from unlocked motors and close the windows and sunroof.
  • During wintry weather when de-icing your car, don’t leave your car unattended with the keys in the ignition.
  • Never leave tools in your van overnight, there are devices available on the internet which unlock certain makes of vans. It is also worth having a sign in your vehicle that states no tools are left in it overnight.
  • Don’t leave things on show in your car, whether it’s an expensive laptop or just some loose change or a packet of cigarettes, as these can be an incentive to the opportunist thief. Even items of clothing can attract thieves, as they may think that there will be money in the pockets.
  • Remember to remove your stereo fascia – this is the best way to make your stereo unattractive to thieves.
  • Satnavs are currently being targeted – keep them out of sight, remove the cradle and wipe away the sucker mark on the windscreen.
  • Don’t leave valuables in the glove-box of your car. To prove to would-be thieves that it’s empty, you can empty your glove-box and leave it open when you leave your vehicle.
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels are always attractive to a thief because of their high value.  You can secure your wheels by using locking wheel nuts.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to other members of the public, or covered by CCTV.
  • At home, don’t keep your car keys next to your front door or in an obvious place.
  • Keep motorcycles in a locked garage or shed, or failing that, chained securely to an immovable object.
To report suspicious activity call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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Gosia Grabczak (Beds Police, Administrator, Bedfordshire)

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