Motorists urged to keep valuables safe

Warning issued over thefts from Hampshire beauty spots

Warning issued over thefts from Hampshire beauty spots

First published in Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

MOTORISTS are being urged to keep their valuables safe when enjoying beauty spots in north Hampshire.

Historically, the police see a rise in thefts from beauty spot car parks during the spring and summer months, when more people are out and about enjoying the countryside.

To reduce your chances of becoming a victim of car crime, the police advise to remove all valuables from your vehicle when it is unoccupied.

Although most people are aware of the risks of leaving valuables on display in cars, the police said they often do not consider the risk of hiding items in boots, under seats or in gloveboxes.

Most offences of theft from vehicles are opportunist. If handbags, sat navs, mobile phones and cameras are left inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves.

The police advise:

- When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.

- Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.

- Take all your personal possessions with you.

- Remove satnav holders and visible satnav ring marks from windscreens.

- Leave the glovebox open to show there's nothing inside.

- Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.

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