Police warning: 'Don't become a victim of car crime'

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By sarahlnewall | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:27

CAR owners are being urged to keep their belongings safe after a spate of thefts in Mansfield.

Police have seen an increase in car crime and are asking motorists to take extra measures to ensure their vehicles are as secure as possible.

Since 1 January 2013 police have been called to 29 incidents where cars had been broken into in Mansfield.

Items stolen include sat navs, mobile phones, medication and tools.

On Thursday 3 January a chainsaw was stolen from a Ford transit van which was parked overnight in Parliament Road.

Several days later a sat nav, some CDs and medication was taken from an unlocked Volvo parked in Crowhill Drive.

Thieves struck between 10pm on Sunday 6 January and 6am on Monday 7 January.

Incidents have taken place at all times of day and from cars parked in driveways, car parks and on streets.

Temporary Inspector Mark Webster said: "We are increasing our patrols in the area and visiting known car crime offenders, but the public can also play their part to ensure they don't become a victim.

"We want to drive incidents down and give absolutely no chances for opportunistic thieves to steal items from motorists.

"There is a significant cost for victims of this type of crime. They don't just have to replace stolen items, but the impact of insurance claims can also be considerable. They often have to repair a smashed window and sometimes have to do without their cars for days while repair work is carried out.

"By following some very simple advice, drivers can quite easily prevent themselves from becoming victims."

Follow these tips to reduce your chance of falling victim to a thief:

Always ensure your car is locked and the windows are closed when unattended.

Do not leave valuable items, including power leads, in the vehicle and, where possible, leave the glove box open and the boot parcel shelf off to show there is nothing of worth inside.

Keep your vehicle in a locked garage, otherwise park it in a busy, well-lit area.

Consider marking items like sat navs and stereos with a forensic etching system or liquid, such as SmartWater, and record them on a property register, such as at www.immobilise.com 

To report suspicious activity or if you have any information about the incidents above contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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