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Thefts from Motor Vehicles

Alert message sent 14/08/2019 09:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Preventing vehicle crime

Summer is the time of year when we all have days out, and that at some point entails trips out in the car!  Sadly, thieves have days out too, and most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist.

If you leave valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) 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.  Offences can take place during the day or night, whether a vehicle is parked in a driveway, on the street or in a public car park. Typically. thieves will smash windows to gain entry. Sometimes they will break door locks or, on older vehicles, prise the door away from the body of the vehicle.

Here is some good advice to follow to ensure that you don't end the day without a smile:
  • Before heading off for that picnic or walk, when leaving your car parked up, close all windows and lock your car. 
  • Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually locked.
  • Park your car in an attended car park where possible.
  • 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.
  • Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Record the details of your property for free on the excellent Immobilise website (https://www.immobilise.com/)
  • Do not store your car's documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.
Don't let your summer be ruined by anything or anyone other than the weather!!!  Enjoy what's left of it, and let's have faith that the sun will shine again...

PCSO 14916 Towler
Meon Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team

 
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Barry Towler (Police, PCSO, Winchester district)

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