We want to continue lowering vehicle crime but this is only possible if all motorists continue their vigilance in vehicle security.
Most vehicle crime is preventable.
It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it.
For extra security:
- fit a car alarm
- use a steering wheel lock
- get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
- always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
- look for police approved car parks with the Park Mark logo
- when in stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
- take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
- don't leave items in the glove compartment
- if you have a garage, use it
How to keep your car safe at home
Thieves sometimes break into houses looking for car keys. They can also use wires and hooks 'to try and drag' your keys through the letterbox.
Keep your keys away from doors and windows, tucked away out of sight.
Keyless vehicle theft
This is where a vehicle is stolen without the thief having physical access to the key. Thieves use a signal boosting device which picks up and boosts the signal detected from your vicinity key to the vehicle, making your vehicle think the key is nearby.
Keep vicinity keys in a signal blocking pouch to stop the signal from your key. You could also check your Manual or with your Dealer if it is possible to switch off the key's signal.
There has been an increase in theft from motor vehicle offences, in particular theft of power tools and gardening equipment from commercial vehicles.
It is thought that thieves may be using a 'master key' to gain access to some vehicles, please ensure that you remove all valuables from your vehicle.
For trade's persons, where possible when working on construction sites, please secure your vehicle whilst away from it and at the end of the day, wherever possible, remove all tools and gardening equipment from your vehicle and store them in your house overnight.
There are plenty of ways you can help to keep your motorbike safe:
- Always lock your bike and set its alarm if it has one
- Try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop
- When leaving your bike for some time, try to lock it to something secure
- Use a motorbike cover
- Have the motorbike marked with its vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike
- Think about where you park - try to park somewhere well lit and that has CCTV
We are encouraging residents to be more conscious of how secure their bikes are and if they haven't already, get them marked to reduce the risk of theft. Whilst some bicycles are returned to their owners, most are never seen again because they have no markings on them, or no recorded details such as frame serial numbers and size, make, model, colour or a picture.
Bike marking is a simple solution to this problem and means that the police are more likely to identify the bike and return it to the owner: a simple sticker with your postcode on, stuck to the inside of your bike frame, will inform the police of ownership.
If you would like a bike marking label please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few extra tips to make your bicycle less of a target for thieves:
- fit a good bike lock and attach your bike to something secure
- always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes
- keep your bike in a secure garage or shed when at home
- if you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you
- remove lights/accessories from the bike and take them with you
- register your bike with schemes such as Immobilise.com