Please be aware that there have been several incidents of thefts from vehicles over the past week. These include vehicles parked on residential driveways in hours of darkness. Many of these incidents have involved unattended insecure vehicles. Please ensure that you dramatically reduce the risk of becoming a victim by ensuring you secure your vehicle when left, even if only for a short period. Any items of value which are left on show can often increase the chance that a thief will find it worthwhile to break into a vehicle so please be sure to remove all items from sight. This includes sat navs, mobile phones, bags, and even loose change.
A large proportion of vehicle crime is committed by opportunist thieves. Don't make it easy for them, remember that your vehicle can be like a shop window for thieves so don't advertise your goods to them. Would be thieves are not only interested in seemingly valuable items they will steal almost anything from a vehicle so make sure you consider removing some of the more obscure items that might be in your car.
If you leave any of the items in the following list on show in your car you are making your vehicle vulnerable:
CD'S / Tapes
Coats or Clothing (Old or New)
Satellite Navigation Systems
Shopping Bags (Even if used to store an item of no value - remember it might be worth a passing thieves while to break in to see what is in the bag)
Sports Bags and Equipment
Stereo (Detachable Front Panels)
Sunglasses (Designer and non-branded)
If you can see any items left in your vehicle so can a thief!
Please ask all members to be conscious of this not only when at home but whilst out and about.