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Thefts from Motor Vehicles

Alert message sent 31/01/2020 18:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Please be aware that Police are dealing with a spate of thefts from vehicles that spans Hampshire and other counties.  A number of gangs are at work day and night and are targeting vulnerable vehicles. Searches are ongoing to locate these offenders.

Most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) 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 and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing.

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.
The following section contains crime prevention and reduction advice for motorists that will assist police and partners to reduce this type of vehicle crime.

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. (updated advice)
  • Park your car in an attended car park.
  • 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 if possible.
  • 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 on the Immobilise website (see right).
  • Do not store your car's documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

More information about alarms can be found on the 'Thatcham' and 'Sold Secure websites'.

BE SAFE. DON'T BE SORRY.

PCSO 14916 Towler
Meon Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.
 
Message sent by
Barry Towler (Police, PCSO, Winchester district)

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