Thursday, August 22, 2013
Police warn motorists not to leave valuables in their cars following a spate of thefts
POLICE are warning motorists to be extra vigilant after a spate of beauty spot thefts in East Devon.
Don’t leave valuables in unattended cars, they say – thieves can be watching even if they are locked in the boot or hidden under the seats.
Police Community Support Officer Chris Bolsover said: “It only takes seconds for a thief to break into your car and take valuables from it.”
He said officer were urging people to take following precautions:
* Lock vehicles and close windows.
* Remove valuable items such as mobiles, money, mp3 player, house keys and sat navs. Putting items in the boot of the car does not necessarily mean that they are safe.
* Keep nothing on display.
* Park in a safe place. Look around to see if someone is watching you.
* Property mark possessions - this helps the police to identify the owner of the items if they are stolen and located. You can also register your valuables at www.immobilise.com
PCSO Bolsover added: “If you see anyone acting suspiciously in and around the car parks - in particular anyone who looks out of place hanging around the location, either in or out of a vehicle - do not leave your own vehicle unattended and immediately contact the police on 101or 999.
“If possible, try and make a note of any vehicle registration number seen, together with vehicle details and a description of the person acting suspiciously.”