Thefts from insecure vehicles have recently seen an increase in this area. There are some simple steps you can take to make yourself less likely to be a victim.
Lock doors and close windows
A vehicle left unlocked or with windows open is an invitation to a thief and some criminals will simply keep checking vehicles until they find one unlocked, so don’t leave your vehicle insecure, physically check that your doors and windows are locked.
Remove all items from the vehicle
Most criminals are opportunists – they take what they can, when they see it. If a vehicle looks empty, the chances are they may leave it alone.
Don’t make life easy for criminals by leaving any items on display. Either take your property with you when you get out of the vehicle or keep items locked in the boot out of sight. Even things like an old coat, sunglasses or loose change can be a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’ – they steal first and think about value later.
To help to prevent other thefts and to ensure that your car is not an appealing target for a thief, we are asking you to be extra vigilant and consider your vehicle security.
For further advice and information on securing your vehicle visit the Thames Valley Police web site at www.thamesvalley.police.uk
To report a crime in action, call 999 or to contact the police on the non-emergency line, please call 101.
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