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Don't become a car crime victim
POLICE are reminding motorists not to leave valuables in their cars following an increase in car crime.
Salisbury City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is providing advice and encouraging people to take easy preventative measures to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.
Historically, there has been an increase in car crime in the months leading up to Christmas and about 80 per cent of offences involved valuables being left in vehicles.
Sgt Richard Goodman, who is leading the campaign, said: “The majority of us will have sat navs, bags, wallets, laptops and mobile phones in our cars at some point, and all of these items are desirable to the opportunist thief.
“Last year there was a 36 per cent increase in reports compared to 2010. We are already seeing a rise this year and we want to put a stop to the offences now.
“It can take seconds to break into a car, which results in a great deal of inconvenience and distress for the victim. Not only do victims have to deal with the damage to their vehicle but also the loss of valuables and sentimental items.”
The NPT is warning motorists that a thief will look for the following:
- A quick and easy opportunity to break into a vehicle and take valuables
- Insecure vehicles
- Vehicles parked in isolated areas away from sight
- Coats left on the back seat which may have valuables hidden underneath or cash in the pockets
- Sat nav marks on the windscreen
Crime prevention officer Amanda Clarke will be in the Guildhall Square, Salisbury, on Tuesday, October 23 from 10am until noon, providing advice on keeping your vehicle secure and your valuables safe.