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Theft from motor vehicles

Alert message sent 20/04/2021 08:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

With the weather warming up, can I remind everybody not to leave valuables on display in your cars whilst visiting local public spaces and beauty spots. We are seeing an increase in these thefts which could have been avoided by moving them from public view.

Never leave possessions in your vehicle. If you must, lock them in the boot. Always take personal correspondence, cash, credit or debit cards with you. Never leave any documentation pertaining to the vehicle, service record, registration document etc.

Remove all signs of Sat Navs from the car.

No matter how briefly you are going to be away from your car, you must remember to lock all doors and windows, close the sunroof and secure the boot.

Always fit and set security devices.

Remember to always remove the ignition key when you park, even if your car is on the drive or when you are filling up with fuel at a garage.

Don't forget to remove mobile phones and detachable entertainment systems, if fitted. Take note of the model and serial numbers of these items and property mark them.

Consider having your windows and headlamps security etched.

When driving, keep all valuables out of site or locked in the boot.

When parking away from home try to use a supervised car park. Ensure that the area is well lit and that access is safe, as you may be returning to your vehicle in darkness.

Message sent by
Ian Stacey (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator, Chiltern & South Bucks)

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