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Crime Prevention Advice - Theft from Vehicles

Alert message sent 17/11/2021 10:14:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

There has been a few reports recently of  'Theft from Vehicles' in the rural areas of West Berkshire. If you are planning to visit a rural location for a country walk etc please help to reduce vehicle crime. Most car criminals are opportunists. By following these tips you can outsmart car thieves and limit their opportunity to steal your valuables or vehicle.

Do not display
Remove all valuables from your car when you park. Even an old coat or a plastic bag left behind can tempt a thief.

Key values
Keep your keys safe. Never leave the ignition key in your vehicle while it is unattended for example, at a petrol station.

Perfect parking
 Try to park in a well lit, open location. Use secure car parks displaying the official Park Mark™ sign.

Trust locks, not luck
Lock all doors, close all windows and shut the sunroof every time you leave your car however briefly. Use a steering wheel lock.

Call a halt to car theft
Fit an immobiliser (cars built before 1995 may not be fitted with these devices). Electronic engine immobilisers prevent your car from starting and are the best way to stop thieves.

Be alarmed
Install an alarm to deter thieves from not only stealing your car, but also taking items from it.
Keep track of your vehicle
If you own a high value or rare car, arrange to have a vehicle tracking system fitted. This equipment can help to locate a car after it has been stolen.

Etch to protect
Have your vehicle’s registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on to all glass surfaces including the headlights.

Make your mark
Protect valuable items you often take in your car by marking them with your registration number or postcode using an ultraviolet pen.

Sat-nav. Would you be lost without it?
Given the chance car thieves will make a beeline straight for your satellite navigation equipment. Follow these tips to keep your sat-nav safe:
  •  Make a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment
  • Do not leave your sat-nav in the glove compartment
  • Wipe away any suction- pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard.
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Tracie Stone (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, West Berks)

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