As the PCSO responsible for the Sharnbrook area, I would like to make you all aware that there has been a recent spate of damage to motor vehicles. Please remain vigilant, ensuring that you secure your vehicles as best you an and please do see the below crime prevention information, regarding vehicle security.
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
(eg, 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.
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. If your property has a name, use the first 3 letters instead of the
house number. Use a UV pen to invisibly mark items such as mobile
phones, audio-visual equipment, cameras, etc. Other products on the
market are SmartWater and microdot tagging systems. Consider etching
your windows and alloy wheels.
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.
SATELLITE NAVIGATION AND OTHER GPS BASED DEVICES
Some vehicles now have integrated satellite navigation systems but
many people buy the stand-alone units that fit to the window on cradle
with a plastic sucker pad. If you use one of these items, it is essential
you not only remove the device but also the cradle and wipe the
sucker ring mark off the glass. Thieves will be looking for tell-tale
signs of in-car gadgets as they are small enough to pocket and fetch a
good price. Remember to check your insurance details – some home
contents policies do not cover satellite navigation systems as they are
classed as ʻvehicle accessories'.
YOUR CAR KEYS
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. Donʼt
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 and
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 upand-
over door from being raised. Garage windows can be obscured
with frosted adhesive vinyl – if a burglar canʼt 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.
PUBLIC CAR PARKS
Many multi-storey car parks now have ʻPark Markʼ status. This means
they have been built or refurbished with crime reduction in mind. They
will have signage displaying their status at the entrances. However, it
is always sensible to remove temptation and clear your vehicle when
Should you witness anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, then please ensure that this information is phoned through to us at Bedfordshire Police either on 101 or in an emergency only 999.