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Police issue warning ahead of bank holiday weekend
POLICE are urging motorists to remove belongings from their cars and ensure their vehicles are secure.
The warning comes ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Although vehicle crime has decreased overall in Dorset by 12.4 per cent in recent months, over 75 per cent of current thefts from vehicles are occurring as result of cars and vans being left insecure – either unlocked or windows left open.
Inspector Ernie Henley said: “Empty your vehicle whenever you leave it unattended.
“A thief will take the opportunity to steal anything from a vehicle that they can keep or sell on; this includes Sat Navs, CDs, clothing, sport bags and tools.
“It is not enough just to hide them out of view.
“Also, make sure that you leave your vehicle locked and secure, by checking the doors and windows before you walk away.
“Central locking is a great tool but can you be sure when you ‘blip the fob’ or ‘turn the key’ that all the doors including the boot did actually lock?
“Reducing vehicle crime is a priority for Dorset Police. Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore can be prevented. We are working hard to address the problem but we need members of the public to take simple steps to help keep themselves and their property safe.”
Dorset Police has issued some useful tips to help prevent vehicle thefts including putting a leave ‘no valuables in this car’ sign on display, keeping driving documents at home and encouraging residents to park in a busy, well- lit area.
Inspector Henley added: “By taking these simple steps, your vehicle becomes a lot less attractive to the opportunistic thief. The cost of repairing your car can be substantial, so don’t give criminals a reason to want to break into and steal from your vehicle.”
For more information visit Dorset.police.uk
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