Police warn about car thefts

PUBLISHED: 13:18 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:18 11 July 2013

Police are offering advice to keep safe from car thefts.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging the public to be aware of opportunist thieves looking for valuables left in vehicles.

Car owners should keep windows closed, doors locked, and keep valuables out of sight.

For avid shoppers, shopping should be planned so bulky items are collected at the end of the day rather than being stored in your vehicle.

You can property mark your possessions and register your valuables using the free service at www.immobilise.com

This enables police to identify the owner of the items if they are stolen.

Bob Bunney, Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Reduction Lead said: “Theft from vehicles in Devon and Cornwall remains low but the opportunity for this type of crime traditionally rises whilst people are out and about enjoying the summer weather.

“Shoppers should also be aware and keep purchases with them rather than leave them on display in vehicles. This will reduce the opportunity for crime.”

“By taking simple precautions people can help police to reduce crime while preventing the heartache of losing valuables over the summer season.”

If you need to report a theft from a vehicle, contact the police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk, and in the event of an emergency dial 999.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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