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Crime Alert - Theft From Vehicles / Vehicle Interference

Crime Alert -Theft from Vehicles​​​​​​​

Dear Resident,

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It’s unfortunate to send another message of this type 10 days on from my last but I just want to reiterate the crime prevention advice again due to another incident in this area which is has been part of series involving different individuals each time which police are presently investigating.

Once again offences have predominantly taken place night, whether a vehicle is parked in a driveway or on the street. It would appear that a majority of offences being opportunistic where by persons are seen are trying car/van door handles. Once entered untidy searches are made and items stolen.

Most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, mobile phones) are left on show inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves.

Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing.

Crime Prevention Advice:

  • When leaving your vehicle, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Upon locking your vehicle test the door to ensure it is definitely locked.
  • Park your vehicle in an attended car park.
  • Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don't have a garage, park in a well-lit area if possible.
  • Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Do not hide any valuable items. Take it with you or leave it at home.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside.
  • Do not store ownership documents inside the vehicle.
  • Consider mains CCTV or Wi-Fi enabled CCTV devices to cover the front of properties / driveways.
  • For information on alarms speak to your manufacturer or visit the Sold secure website – (www.soldsecure.com)

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    Message Sent By
    Carl Boxall
    (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary, PCSO, Waterlooville South NPT)

    Neighbourhood Alert Cyber Essentials