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5 top Tips for a Car Crime Free Christmas

Alert message sent 11/12/2019 10:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small belongings can be tempting to a thief. Never think leaving items in the boot is safe either, who is to say someone didn't see you leave them there?
  • Consider the costs you will have if your car is broken into: excess for insurance …stolen presents … having your car valeted to remove broken glass…left feeling annoyed, stupid and embarrassed, not to mention ‘present-less’.  It’s not worth it!  Lock your vehicle, leaving nothing of value inside.
  • When considering where to park, look for a well-lit, busy area. For additional security look out for the Park Mark security approved car parks.
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Thieves will steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.
  • Car crime accounts for more than a quarter of all reported crime in the UK, so always take precautions and lock your car, making sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes.
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Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)

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