Fareham's Community Safety Partnership is reminding drivers to make sure they leave their cars secure, after an increase last month in thefts from motor vehicles, many of which were left unlocked.
Sgt Gavin Steel, from Fareham West Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "We want to reassure the community that the spike in April's figures does not reflect crime across the board which in other areas is down.
"Last year we reduced thefts from vehicles by 27%, a reduction of 91 offences, so any rise is taken seriously. In April 2012 there were 19 reported cases of theft from a car across the Borough. This compares with 38 cases last month.
"Our Safer Neighbourhoods team have worked with local Neighbourhood Watch delivering crime prevention leaflets and we've increased patrols in targeted areas; knocking on doors of residents who have left valuables such as laptops or mobile phones on view in their vehicles."
A vast majority of thefts from cars are due to things such as unlocked doors or open windows or sun roofs. By following these simple steps you can reduce the chance of your car being targeted:
• When you leave your car make sure the doors are locked and the windows and sunroof are shut, no matter how hot the weather is.
• If possible, park in a busy area. If you have a garage, use it.
• Don't leave anything in your vehicle, including the boot. A jacket or coat left behind may be of very little value to you, but a thief may think it has been used to hide a laptop or handbag and will break into your vehicle to find out.
• If you have a removable music system, take it with you.
• Make sure you don't leave documents which have your name on in your vehicle.
• Don't leave your sat-nav in your vehicle and don't forget to remove the cradle and wipe the suction marks from your windscreen.
Chairman of Fareham's Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Arthur Mandry said:
"Vehicle crime overall in the Borough is low and we would like help keep it down by warning residents not to become an easy target. By following the police advice you can reduce your chance of becoming a victim, and at the same time reduce the amount of time spent by the police in investigating offences which are preventable".
Whilst April has seen an increase in the category for theft from cars, figures in other areas are lower, burglary for example is down 75 %, a reduction of 15 offences in April.
For Further Information Contact:
Lorna Tipper, PR and Marketing Support Officer, tel: 01329 824302
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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