With high-value theft from vehicles currently one of the main acquisitive crime threats to Derbyshire communities, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles today (Monday 18 April) reminded drivers to take a few simple precautions to prevent their cars or contents being stolen.
Commissioner Charles and members of his Strategic Governance Board heard from Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman that an “alarming” number of vehicles were being found insecure by volunteer police cadets during their ‘sweeps’ of neighbourhoods.
The Commissioner commented: “We hear from the Chief Constable that very significant percentages of vehicle doors are being left open, believed to result from drivers not checking that they have actually activated their remote control locking buttons.
“There is only so much the police can do to prevent vehicles being broken into,” he pointed out, “so I do urge car owners to ensure that, at the very least, their vehicles are locked and their windows closed every time they leave them.”
Other simple precautions include not leaving car keys visible in hallways, or goods on view through car windows, he said. “And remember that thieves so often seek easy pickings, so signage indicating a tracker or other anti-theft device on board helps to deter would-be thieves.”
In his report to the meeting at Police HQ, Ripley, Deputy Chief Constable Goodman told how the police cadets leave leaflets inside insecure vehicles and visit local addresses to try and find the owners and advise them. The force also deploys trap vehicles equipped with on-board cameras that alert officers if an attack is in progress.
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Posted on Monday 18th April 2016