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Theft from motor vehicles

Alert message sent 05/11/2019 09:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

We have received and been made aware that overnight some residents in Basingstoke have had their vehicles broken into and numerous amounts of vehicles have had door handles tried. This has resulted in a few people having purses and wallets stolen from within in the vehicle.
Please take and action the following advice –
  • When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually locked.
  • When parking at home, use your garage if you have one.
  • Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you not leaving purses, wallets or Sat Nav’s in gloveboxes or in other compartments.
  • Remove sat nav holders and wipe away visible sat nav ring marks from windscreen.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Do not store your car's documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

Most offences of theft from vehicles are opportunist. If valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras, purses and wallets) 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, clothing and small change may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing.
Message sent by
Ryan Long (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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