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Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 17/11/2021 13:40:00

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Crime Prevention Advice


Dear Resident,
 
Humberside Police have seen an increase in vehicle crime across the Force and the following alert is to offer some crime prevention in relation to preventing it from happening in the first place.
 
Don’t let vehicle crime drive you round the bend……
 


Car Security
Your vehicle may feel like a safe place – perhaps even your own little bubble full of comforts and mod cons, but opportunist criminals won’t see it that way. Here are some pointers……

1. Keep all the doors and windows closed/locked.
 
2. Ensure your vehicle alarm is working/activated – this is a sure-fire step to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

3. Don’t leave any valuables (or anything that could be mistaken for valuables) on display (including loose change). Even a carrier bag of rubbish or an empty laptop bag could attract the wrong sort of attention, while valuables like sat navs, dash cams and golf clubs can become targets if they are left inside the vehicle whilst not in use.

4. With sat navs in particular, make sure that you remove the cradle as well.
 
5. I would even go as far as wiping down the tell-tale sucker marks left by sat navs/dash cams on the windscreen as this is a clearly indication that this item has been used and most probably left within the vehicle somewhere (like the glove box).

Small Van Security
 
Top Tip: If possible, park your van so the rear and side doors are tight to walls, garage doors or other vehicles to hinder direct access and any physical attacks.
 
The potential for small vans to contain cash can sometimes make them appealing to criminals. Here are some pointers…..
1. By keeping doors locked, windows closed and alarms activated at all times, it will be harder for criminals to break in and steal either the vehicle itself or anything inside.
2. Never leave valuables or things that could resemble them on display, and don’t carry sat navs, dash cams, trade spares or other unnecessary items if they aren’t being used.
3. Tools and stock items should always be removed from the van overnight – displaying signage explaining this to be the case is also very helpful.
4. Leaving roof bars and external load boxes or tubes empty and unlocked can help avoid any costly inquisitive forced entries.
 
Motorcycle Security
 
Motorbikes can be lifted and carried away, even when locked, so bikes left vulnerable are especially attractive to thieves.
 
Here are four handy ways for you to keep your bike safe and sound, namely;
 
1. Always secure your motorcycle with the fork and ignition locks, remembering to remove keys.
2.  Invest in a quality solid chain and padlock to lock your bike and always lock the bike to an immovable object, like a bike park securing rail or a ground anchor.
3. Set the alarm and immobiliser every time you leave it unattended. Don’t have an alarm? Consider having one fitted and look for it to be Thatcham or equivalent security graded.
4. Chain and anchor the bike even when storing it in a garage or shed at home, and consider fitting a disc lock.
 
Motorhomes Security
1. By keeping doors locked, windows closed and alarms activated at all times, it will be harder for criminals to break in and steal either the vehicle itself or anything inside.
2. Never leave valuables or things that could resemble them on display, and don’t carry sat navs, dash cams, trade spares or other unnecessary items if they aren’t being used.
3. Consider purchasing a wheel clamp and placing it on your motorhome.
 
Please remember: If you see anything suspicious please report it to Humberside Police on our Telephone number 101/999.
 
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Kind Regards
Dave
Cleethorpes Policing Team





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