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Dog walkers urged ‘don’t leave items on display’

November 19, 2012, 1:38 pm

Dog walkers in Three Rivers are being urged not to leave their personal items on display in the vehicles when walking their dogs following incidents of theft recently.

In two recent incidents the victims had left a rucksack and a handbag on view in their vehicles whilst walking their dogs in Chorleywood Bottom and North Hill, Sarratt on 12th and 11th November respectively. The offender(s) smashed the windows of the vehicles, removed the bags and made off.

Chief Inspector Catherine Akehurst said: “In one of these incidents the victim had a large amount of money stolen. Leaving your valuables on show like this is an advert to a criminal to break into your vehicle. You may just be leaving your car for ten minutes but it only takes seconds to break in. Id ask people to take their valuables with them or remove them from show, particularly when leaving your car in rural areas.”

Residents are urged to follow these simple tips to help prevent becoming a victim of car crime:

  • It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Remove your Sat Nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a Sat Nav is stored in your vehicle.
  • Never leave any valuables in your vehicle – not even in the glove-box or boot – and keep ALL other possessions out of sight.
  • Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them.
  • Register your stereo, laptop, Sat Nav and any other property on the free online property database It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if its lost or stolen.
  • Look out for car parks with a Park Mark Safer Parking sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, make sure you use it and lock it properly.

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