Over the past 12 months there have been many crime prevention messages sent in relation to car crime; these have been reminders about the importance of locking cars and not leaving valuables on display.
Despite this advice cars are still being left unlocked and items left on display such as mobile phones and portable satellite navigation systems.
Please follow the following advice and pass on to your friends, family and neighbours
- Don't leave items on display, remove valuables and wipe away sat nav marks
- Always lock your vehicle, and don’t forget the boot and windows
- When you’re out and about, always try and park in a secure attended car park, or use one that’s been awarded the Park Mark® status by the British Car Park Association. Find out more at www.saferparking.com
· When parking at home, use your garage if you have one and lock garden gates. If you park on the street, try to leave your car in a well-lit area or near a CCTV camera don’t leave you car unlocked just because it’s on your drive!
· Fit an immobiliser or an alarm, and use a steering lock to deter criminals. Get more information about these devices by calling the Vehicle Security National Helpline on 0870 5502006 or the Sold Secure Helpline on 01327 264687
- Consider buying anti-theft screws for your number plate and attach lockable wheel nuts to help prevent wheels from being stolen
- Have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched on windows, windscreens and headlamps
- Keep serial numbers for electrical items such as CD changers or sat navs, and mark them with your vehicle registration number. This will help the police return items to you if they’re stolen and later recovered.
If you would like further advice, call Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Check now, is your car locked?
Inspector P Hallam
Rushcliffe Safer Neighbourhood Team.