Warning to motoristsPicture of items left on car seat

 

31/01/2012

Police are reminding motorists to be more vigilant when leaving their vehicles unattended.

 

The warning comes following a further spate of vehicle crimes in North Gwynedd.

 

Overnight on Sunday January 29th into Monday January 30th, eight thefts from motor vehicles have been reported in the Llanrug and Bethel areas.

 

Sergeant Averil Coppack explained: “All of these appear to have been opportunistic with the offenders targeting insecure vehicles.”

 

Two weeks ago 16 vehicles were broken into on Garth Road and Siliwen Road in the Upper Bangor area. Incidents were also reported in areas of Caernarfon Road, Glanadda in Bangor, Bethel and Cwm Y Glo in the Caernarfon area.

 

Sgt Coppack said: “We are asking people to more vigilant when it comes to leaving items on display and parking in well lit areas. We also ask them to lock their vehicles at all times and to use alarms where they are fitted.”

 

“Some thefts can be avoided and we are urging motorists’ right across the area to take some simple measures.”

 

Leaflet drops containing crime prevention advice and increased uniform patrol are underway in these areas and police are asking people to report any suspicious activity and be vigilant to any suspicious vehicles or people in the area.

 

Don’t tempt a thief

  • Never leave anything on display in your vehicle; a bag or coat on the back seat is enough to tempt a thief.
  • Remove all belongings including bags; lock them in your boot.
  • Always remove your portable sat nav system including any support cradles and suction pads that are fitted to the windscreen. If you can’t take it with you lock it safely in your boot.
  • When you leave your car, close all windows including your sunroof and ensure your car has been locked.
  • Never leave credit cards or cheque books in the glove compartment and don’t leave the vehicle documents in the car.
  • Mark items such as CD players and sat nav systems with your postcode or vehicle registration using a special security marker. Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team is available to assist you.

 

Use security devices to deter a thief

  • If your vehicle doesn’t have electronic immobilisers, install a steering wheel locks which are inexpensive and easy to fit.
  • If you don’t have an alarm, get one fitted by a professional.
  • Get a lockable petrol cap. Some new cars have these as standard.

 

Parking

  • If you have a garage, use it. Always lock your car and your garage door. If you don’t have a garage, park on your drive or on a well lit street
  • Thieves always like to steal from cars which are parked in places where they run the least risk of being seen. Avoid parking in places that are concealed from public view.

 

If you witness suspicious activity around vehicles, call the police on 101 or on 999 if a crime is in progress.

 

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