Police are urging motorists to take steps to protect their vehicles after 15 thefts from vehicles in the Riverside area of Hull in two weeks (between Monday 21 March and Monday 4 April).
Nearly three quarters of the incidents involved offenders smashing a window to steal items left on display and in the majority of cases resulted in Sat-Navs and money being stolen.
Following the incidents police are urging people to be more vehicle security savvy.
PC Andy Allen, Crime Reduction Officer said: “I would urge people to make sure they leave their vehicles locked and remove any temptation to thieves by no leaving valuables in unattended cars or vans. Motorist should take extra care to ensure that Sat-Navs are removed and tell-tale sucker marks on windscreens are wiped away. But also ensuring that other temptations like money, mobiles or laptops are taken out of vehicles.
“Making sensible parking choices is also a great way to improve the security of your vehicle. The most secure location is in your locked and alarmed garage, while the next best thing is to park as close to your home as possible – whether that be on a drive or on the street directly outside your property. If out and about try to park in a busy, overlooked or CCTV-monitored parking area and try to avoid deserted side streets or back alleys.”
“Finally, I would urge the public to act as our eyes and ears by calling the police if they see people acting suspiciously around vehicles in their community, if there is a vehicle crime in progress, or if they have details about those involved in criminality. They can do this by using 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Top five tips for car and van owners:
1. Keep the vehicle locked at all times and remove any and all valuables from view within the vehicle.
2. When at home park the car as near to your home as possible ideally on a driveway. If you don’t have a drive try to find somewhere well overlooked and illuminated.
3. Consider investing and using an alarm as a deterrent.
4. Make sure all keys for vehicles are hidden out of view as houses are sometimes broken into to steal vehicle keys.
5. Register your property such as mobile phones, SAT Nav’s onto the property register - www.immobilise.com.