Posted on 22nd August 2013
Police are urging drivers to lock it or lose it after setting theft from motor vehicles as their new priority for the Hope Valley.
Officers decided to focus on the issue after it was raised by residents at the most recent governance meeting on Wednesday, August 21.
The team will be increasing high-visibility patrols across the area to deter would-be thieves and to catch offenders in the act.
They will also be taking a proactive approach to warn motorists about the issue and to encourage them to think about vehicle security.
Crime prevention advice includes:
- Keeping any valuables out of sight, either in the boot or not in the car at all;
- If you have a sat nav, wipe the windscreen after you have removed it so there is no mark where the holder was placed;
- Park your car in a well-lit area or garage;
- Ensure that your car doors and boot are properly locked;
- Make sure the windows are secure.
PC Graham Mason, from the team, said: “There are a few simple steps people can take to make sure their vehicles aren’t attractive to thieves.
“Leaving items on show is an open invite to a criminal and it takes them a few short seconds to strike.
“If there are no valuables in the vehicle then none can be taken out and that’s the message we will be trying to get out there.”
Motorists will also be urged to register valuables on the online secure database www.immobilise.com, which can help police reunite recovered stolen goods with their owners.
Posters and leaflets will be handed out reminding people to think about vehicle security.
Residents are also being urged to report any suspicious activity as soon as it happens on 101, 999 in an emergency or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, to give the team chance to stop a crime before it happens and catch offenders.
The new priority replaces non-dwelling burglaries in the area. To have your say on what police should focus on in your neighbourhood, attend the next Hope Valley governance meeting at Hope Dentist, Eccles Close, Hope on December 18.
To speak to the team directly, call 101.