Officers from safer neighbourhood teams across Derbyshire are encouraging motorists to take care not to leave their valuables on show.
Thefts from vehicles mostly happen during the hours of darkness, when car owners have parked up for the night. But the following advice applies 24/7. Think about where you have parked. Is it secluded? By the time you return will it be dark? Is there adequate lighting to deter would-be thieves? Is the area covered by CCTV cameras?
Sometimes thefts from vehicles is unavoidable, but there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of your vehicle being broken into and, in most cases, damaged.
The following advice consists of points identified by a known criminal as to what he looks for when breaking in to a vehicle:
• Do not leave any valuables on display.
• Keep doors locked and do not leave windows open.
• Remove sat navs from display and wipe the mark from the window where it has been secured.
• Take MP3s Ipads, Iphones etc with you.
• If you intend to leave items in the vehicle, place them in the boot and not in the glove box or under the seat.
• Put away any charging cables from the cigarette lighter and put the lighter back in its place.
• Remove stereo facia if possible.
• Leave the glove box open and sun visors down to show there is nothing hidden.
• Don’t leave any bags or clothing or loose change on display
• Remove any tools from vans parked in the open overnight
If you have been the victim of vehicle theft call 101. If you see a crime taking place always call 999.