Motorists urged to lock up

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Car owners have been urged to remember to lock up as thefts from insecure motor vehicles provide an easy opportunity for criminals.

Thieves will randomly try car doors and windows that are left open to access vehicles and take anything of worth from inside, so police are urging people to remember to secure their cars and other vehicles.

Follow the advice below to prevent becoming a victim of theft from an insecure vehicle.

Always lock doors and close windows when parking, even when the vehicle is locked in a garage or on a driveway. It is essential to do this, even if just stepping out of the car for a few minutes. Don’t give anyone an excuse to target your vehicle.

Park in a well-lit area, where it can be seen by passers-by at night.

Never leave anything on display. Even small change could pose an attractive target for opportunist thieves.

Remove your stereo system, if you can, when leaving your vehicle.

Always remember to remove sat navs, including the support cradle and the suction pad. Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen.