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Police issue advice following rise in vehicle crime

Warwickshire Police is reminding motorists to take extra care following a rise in vehicle crime in the county.

In July 2017, there were 417 incidents of vehicle-related crime across Warwickshire compared to 511 incidents in August 2017. This is in line with the expected seasonal trend seen in 2016 in the county.

Inspector Julia Brealey said: "We know that this is concerning for local people but I would like to reassure them that we are taking proactive steps to identify those responsible and deter others from committing offences.

"We have identified hotspot areas and have patrol plans in place to target these areas. We are working closely with our partners to provide support and crime prevention advice within our communities to ensure Warwickshire continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.

"We would ask people to remain vigilant as it can take as little as ten seconds for a thief to  enter a vehicle and steal something from it.  "We are always keen to hear from our communitis and we advise them to report any suspicious activity to us by getting in touch with the local policing teams."

There are a number of simple steps people can take to protect their vehicle and belongings. These include:  

  • ·         Double checking  your door is locked and windows and sun roof are closed.
  • ·         Don't leave anything on display in the vehicle such as sat navs, loose change or bags. Even if there's nothing valuable in the bag, a burglar doesn't know this and by the time they've smashed your window to get it it's too late.
  • ·         If you've got a garage, use it.
  • ·         Consider installing security lighting.
  • ·         When parking always choose a well-lit area, preferably with CCTV coverage.
  • ·         Keeping your vehicle ownership documents in your house not in your car
  • ·         Thinking about who you leave your keys with. Do you trust them? Valet parkers, car washers and even some garages have been known to make copies.  
  • ·         When at home keeping  your car keys away from doors and windows and out of sight.
  • ·         Checking that your alarm or immobiliser is enabled when you leave the car.

For more information and advice on ways to prevent car crime visit: https://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/vehicle-crime/

If you see anyone acting suspiciously then report it to police on 999 if a crime is in progress or on the 101 non-emergency number. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

 

Published 12/09/17