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Van and Vehicle Security Reminder

Alert message sent 25/10/2019 13:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Dear Members, I regret to have to advise you of a recent spike in thefts from both cars and vans in the county.  Unfortunately this series for the moment is based in the South but it is likely to be fluid.

I have put together some top tips for your information and attached a leaflet specifically about Van related thefts which I hope you will find informative and useful to you when you review your own vehicle security measures -  especially now that the dark nights are with us!

Top Tips

Leaving items on show is an invitation - please don't do it. Remember to remove power leads, Sat-Navs, mounts dash cams, wallets, keys, coats and even bags!

Never leave expensive items in your unattended vehicle.

Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe, out of sight and reach  – a common way to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home through burglary. If your key or fob is fitted with an electronic chip store it in a Faraday pouch.

Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal from. When away from home, consider using a Park Mark approved car park. See

Use a steering wheel lock – or a lock that fits over the gear lever.  A 'Disklok' is a great example. Check out the Secured by Design web site for further after market ideas.

Fit theft resistant number plate fittings to prevent number plates being stolen (a growing issue). Use one-way clutch head screws to secure your plates.

Don't forget to protect your catalytic converter (cage, engraving) and your spare wheel (locking wheel nuts).

Invest in a driveway alarm when parking at your home address, easy to fit with no DIY skills required.

Alternatively consider fitting a GSM alarm for the vehicle, once the sensor is triggered you receive a text or phone call to your personal mobile phone in real time.

If you have any queries about this topic or would like specific advice then please email me or the team via our mailbox address

Kind regards
Lesley Johnson 3120
Crime Reduction Officer
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Lesley Johnson (Bedfordshire Police, Crime Reduction Officer, Community Safety Dept)
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