Posted on 19th March 2014
Police are encouraging residents in Hathersage to take extra steps to protect themselves to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime.
Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out on patrol and came across a number of vehicles where valuable items were left on display.
During the checks on Monday, March 17, officers noted a vehicle where the keys were left in the ignition with the window down, and another unattended vehicle with a sat-nav left on display.
The policing team advised the motorists about vehicle security and encouraged residents to ensure that any valuables are kept out of sight and that vehicle are properly locked and secure before leaving them unattended.
PCSO Boswell from the policing team said: “We have noticed a number of vehicles with valuable items such as sat navs on display or vehicles left unattended with the window down, and these can make easy pickings for a criminal.
“We would like to remind drivers that when leaving their vehicles parked or unattended to ensure that no valuables, personal belongings or cash is left on display and that the vehicle is locked and secured.
“It’s also important that people report suspicious activity or vehicles to police straight away so that we can take action and potentially stop a crime before it happens.”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
To report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles in your area call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.