I hope you all had a good Christmas and Santa got you everything you
wanted! I also hope that all of you noted the advice on home security
I gave in the last issue as it could be the difference from you being
a victim of crime. If you wish for any more information or advice on
home security then please let me know.
Over the past 3 months we have had a bit of car crime in the area so
I would like to give you some tips on how to keep your car safe.
Firstly, try to park your car in a well lit residential area if you
do not have access to a garage as the light will deter many criminals
because it would be easier for members of the public to witness the
crime taking place.
Secondly, make sure all your personal belongings are not left in the
car. Please do not leave them in the glove box thinking they are safe
as this is the first place a criminal will look. If you own a satellite
navigation system then take it with you wherever you go. Criminals look
out for clues that you own a sat nav; for example the sat nav stand.
If you take this down then please wipe the window where the stand was
as the suction leaves a mark - a tell tale sign to the modern day criminal
that there is sat nav in the vehicle.
Finally, always leave you car secure by ensuring all doors are locked,
windows are fully shut and the boot is locked [I know this may seem
like common sense but a lot of victims of vehicle crime are victims
because they have left one of the doors unlocked]. If you have to park
your car on the road then park it outside your house so that you can
see where it is and hear if it is being tampered with.
At Belper Police Station we have car alarms that we can give to members
of the community who believe they are vulnerable to vehicle crime.
To summarise, when leaving your car please remember these 3 golden
rules that will decrease the chance of you being a victim of car crime
1.Always park your car in a well lit residential area
2.Always check that your doors are locked and windows are fully shut
3.Remove all valuables [Do not think they are safe in the glove box]
If you would like to know more in reducing vehicle crime or would like
to have a portable car alarm then please give me a call on 07725 935189.