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Theft from vehicles - advice to residents

Alert message sent 01/05/2018 15:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Following recent reports of thefts from motor vehicles in the Biggleswade area, we would urge residents to take care and follow our advice to minimise the opportunity for thieves targeting vehicles and contents:
  • ensure all doors, windows and sunroofs are closed and locked when leaving your vehicle unattended
  • always take the keys out of the ignition, even if you’re only leaving your car for a moment
  • don’t leave your keys lying around or visible on a windowsill at home or near a front door, where they could be hooked through the letterbox
  • never leave valuables in your vehicle and keep any other possessions out of sight
  • remove your sat nav and its holder and wipe away any window suction marks as these could indicate a sat nav is stored in your vehicle
  • if you use a vehicle for maintenance purposes, it is advisable not to leave tools or other working materials in a vehicle unoccupied or overnight, as works vehicles such as vans are commonly targeted by criminals
  • never leave vehicle documents in your car, as this would make it easy for a thief to sell your car or provide a cover story if stopped by the police
  • use an approved steering lock or gear clamp and remember to set the immobiliser or alarm on your vehicle, if it has them
  • consider having anti-theft screws fitted to your number plates to prevent them from being stolen and used on another vehicle
  • if advertising your vehicle for sale via an auction style website, ensure its number plates are blocked out in any images you share to avoid others cloning its identity 
  • when using a sat nav, protect your home by not using your actual home postcode in your sat nav, or storing your postcode as 'home', to prevent thieves knowing your home address if your vehicle and/or sat nav are ever stolen
If you have any concerns, or have seen anything suspicious, please do get in touch. 

Contact us via 101 or our online reporting centre

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Louise Ross (Police, Communications Officer, Be)

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