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Reminder to consider vehicle security following local incidents.

Alert message sent 03/07/2014 13:35:00
Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary
Local officers would like to reminder you to consider your vehicle’s security whenever it is left unattended.
This follows a recent theft incident in Calver in which items were taken from an unlocked vehicle.
By taking a few simple steps your vehicle will be less attractive to an opportunist thief; and they may save you a lot of time, trouble and cost having to sort out the after effects of becoming a victim of crime.
  • Please make sure you lock your vehicle whenever you leave it and remove anything of value from within. It only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to take advantage of the situation and search the whole vehicle for anything to value.
  • Sat-Navs should be removed or left in a locked boot, together with its cradle when leaving the car.  Any suction cup marks on the windscreen should be wiped away as their presence will indicate to the thief that you may have a device, such as a sat-nav, hidden in the glove compartment.  You may not have, but this won’t stop the thief from smashing a side window to take a look.
  • If you have to keep cash in your car, keep it in a closed ashtray or in some other out-of-sight compartment. If it is on view an opportunist thief may smash a side window, possible worth £80, to steal £3.50 in change 
  • It goes without saying that things like handbags, leather jackets, wallets, laptops, and shopping should never be left on view in the vehicle.  Locked them in the boot or take them out of the vehicle completely.
  • Registration documents and test certificates should be kept at home.
  • Keep the inside of the vehicle tidy as an untidy vehicle containing opened mail, plastic bags etc may attract the curiosity of a thief. 
  • If there is nothing in the glove compartment leave it open so a potential thief can see this.
  • Remove the facia of your sound system if it has one and use the PIN facility.
  • Always close the windows and sunroof and lock the doors and set the immobiliser and alarm before leaving the vehicle, even for a minute, such as when paying for petrol at a service station.
  • If your vehicle does not have an alarm consider having one fitted. 
  • When parking at home use the garage if you have one or park on a well-lit driveway or street.
  • When parking away from home try to park in a place that is well lit and overlooked.  When using a public car park try to use one that is supervised.
If you want any further security advice; or if have any information on crime or anti-social behaviour in your area contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.
Message sent by
Tim Parkin (Police, Community Information Officer, Derbyshire)

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