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Please Secure your Vehicle

Alert message sent 11/04/2019 12:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Please secure your vehicle
 
To help prevent thefts and to ensure that your car is not an appealing target for a thief, we are asking you to be extra vigilant and consider your vehicle security.
 
Leave thieves keyless and clueless
Vehicles today are by and large more difficult to steal than ever, unless the thief can access your key or fob to clone them. Best to keep your keys safe, out of view when at home and away from your front door. It’s not uncommon for car keys to be stolen from inside your home by thieves fishing for them with a stick and hook through the letterbox. When not in use, keep your electronic car key in a security pouch to prevent it being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car nearby.

Always lock it
Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your vehicle. Always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away. If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who’s watching feels they’ve been spotted, they’ll probably move off.
 
Take it with you
Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle. A thief wouldn’t know the bag left on the back seat only contains a gym kit for example. Remove sat navs from your car, including the cradle and wipe the suction mark from the window. A thief will expect to find it hidden in the glove compartment or under the seat. Be mindful of who is watching you if you put valuable items in your boot when leaving your vehicle.
 
Secure outside items
Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure. Don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it. 
 
Secure your documents
Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. This means they could sell it on quite easily, so never leave any documents in the vehicle.
 
Be vigilant
Look out for your neighbours when they are not home. If you see anything suspicious report it to the police and inform your neighbour.
 
For further information and advice visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk
Thank you for helping us to keep crime down.
 
Message sent by
Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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