Vehicle crime typically comes in three forms: theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle or damage to a vehicle.
To help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime here are a few key tips of advice:
- Never leave any personal possessions in your car. Thieves love sat nav systems, laptops and mobile phones. But less obvious items such as clothes, sunglasses, cigarettes, CDs and loose change are also appealing
- Do not hide valuables in the boot, under the front seats, or in the glove box of your vehicle - you could show that your glove box is empty to thieves by leaving it open when you leave your vehicle
- If you use a portable sat nav system, wipe away the suction marks on the windscreen at the end of your journey - and never leave your sat nav in the car
- Do not store driving or vehicle documents in your vehicle. Keep them safely at home
- Always lock your car when you leave it, even if it is just for a moment or two and even if it is parked on your drive. Make sure your windows and sunroof are closed too
- Unless you can park your vehicle in a garage or on your drive, consider parking in a well-lit spot that is visible to other people or covered by CCTV. Thieves are less likely to break in if they can be seen
- If your car does not have an alarm, consider using a steering wheel lock whenever your car is not in use
- Look after your car keys at all times. Never leave them within reach of a window, door or letterbox. When out, never leave them unattended in a public place, such as a restaurant or gym
- Number plate theft is on the increase. Secure your number plates with clutch head screws
- Keep your eyes out for potential car criminals. If you see someone looking inside vehicles or trying door handles, call South Yorkshire Police on 101
In addition, ensure that your property is identifiable by marking it, or logging your valuables on the UK National Property Register, which can be found at www.immobilise.com
'Keep it Safe'
How safe is your home or car? South Yorkshire Police are asking the public to follow basic crime prevention advice to stop people becoming victims of crime.
For more information, advice and to track where there have been reports of burglary and vehicle crime local to you, visit Operation Lockdown.
If you have information about crime in your area, please phone South Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.