Recent thefts from unattended vehicles

Dear vehicle owner,

Although overall crime for your area is down by over 6% from last year, there has recently been a spate of thefts from unattended vehicles. Accordingly we are increasing patrols in the locality, particularly in the evenings and night time when most offences have occurred.

During foot patrols Officers will be identify any vehicles which are at increased risk and take appropriate steps to locate the owner. If you have been personally handed this letter then we have been successful in locating you. Where we have not been able to trace you, the letter and some useful crime prevention advice has been left on your vehicle.

To decrease the risk of your vehicle being broken into, please follow the advice below:

–          Always keep you car locked and take a few moments to physically check doors and windows

–          Never leave valuables on display, even for a few moments. Take particular care not to leave tell tale signs such as the sticky marks from sat navs on your windscreen. The most popular items targeted by thieves are satellite navigation systems, laptop computers and other expensive and easily sold on electrical items.

–          Tidy up your car! A clean and tidy car is far less likely to be broken into as it will be obvious to a thief that there is nothing within. A cluttered car will always be more attractive to thieves.

Alongside this crime prevention operation, we are utilising other pro-active measures such as plain clothes patrols. If you see anything suspicious, please report it and don’t assume that your information is already known or will be insignificant. We rely on the community to be our eyes and ears and can only crack this problem by working together.

To report an emergency including any crime in progress please dial 999

To Report Non Emergency Crime Dial: 0845 60 70 999

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