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West Meon Parish Council

Thefts from Motor Vehicles

By West Meon Webmaster West Meon Parish Council

Monday, 14 May 2018

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The Meon Valley is currently seeing a rise in the number of thefts from vehicles.  Most offences of theft from vehicles are opportunist. If you have any valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) which are left on show inside your 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.

Offences have taken place both day and night. Cars have been parked in a driveway, on the street, and in public car parks. Typically. thieves have smashed windows to gain entry. Sometimes they have broken door locks or, on older vehicles, prised the door away from the body of the vehicle.

Please consider these crime prevention tips and crime reduction advice for both motorists and car park owners, as well as tactics that will assist police and our 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (www.immobilise.com)
  • 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.

Please enjoy the lighter evenings, but do so with safety and security in mind.

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