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Is Your Vehicle Safe and Secure?

Alert message sent 18/11/2020 15:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Most vehicle crime is preventable.  The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it.  Other things you can do include:
  • Removing everything from the car; don’t even leave a jacket where it can be seen
  • Closing the sunroof along with the windows when you leave
  • Not storing things in the boot; take them with you
  • Taking removable stereos and sat nav equipment with you
  • Where you park can make a big difference to the safety of your car and your belongings.  Look out for car parks approved by the Police Safer Parking Scheme.  You can find them by looking for their distinctive ‘Park Mark’ signs
  • Having a routine to ensure you always take the keys out of the ignition
  • Keeping your keys away from doors and windows, and tuck them away out of sight.  Thieves sometimes break into houses looking for car keys.  They can also use wires and hooks ‘to try and drag’ your keys through the letterbox
  • Storing car ownership information in your home, not your car
  • Using secure (theft resistant) number plates can make your plates less attractive to thieves
  • Have your vehicle’s windows etched with its registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN).  This can put criminals off as it makes your car more difficult to sell.  It also makes it easier for police to get your car back to you if it is stolen

For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website:
Message sent by
Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)

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