Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning to sat nav owners to help them avoid becoming the victim of crime.
Residents have been advised that a few simple steps can help keep their belongings safe from the thieves;
Crime Reduction Advisor, Jackie Bell said:
In many of these cases a satellite navigation system has been taken. Thieves are breaking into the cars to search the glove box and see whether any items of value have been left.
Leaving sat nav cradles and sucker marks on display is the biggest giveaway that there is something of value in the vehicle.
Our advice is simple, by removing any trace of the sat nav system such as the cradle and sucker marks from the window and by removing valuables or personal items from the vehicle you are less likely to become a victim of vehicle crime.
Drivers should also park their vehicle in a locked garage where possible or leave it in a well-lit area as close to their home as possible. Using a steering lock and securing alloy wheels with locking nuts are also good deterrents.
Other crime prevention tips include marking valuables with your postcode and vehicle registration number, and writing down the make, model and serial number of any items likely to tempt thieves. Drivers are also encouraged to register their valuable items on the Immobilise website (www.immobilise.com).
To report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit www.gmp.police.uk.
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Hunts Post have reported that POLICE officers peeping into parked cars in St Neots has helped reduce crime, according to the latest figures.
Officers look to see if any valuables have been left in the vehicle – such as satellite navigation systems and mobile phones – and then alert the owners.
Eagle-eyed police community support officers have been peeping in vehicles in St Neots and Eynesbury – cutting the number of thefts by more than a half.
Sector Inspector for St Neots, Mark Greenhalgh, told the Hunts Post, the Vehicle Alert Scheme has been extremely successful.
He said there were 15 vehicle-related crimes in the St Neots area in March 2008 compared to seven in March this year.
Vehicle crime in the town is down 25 per cent compared to last year. I put this decrease down to the vehicle alert scheme, which is about educating vehicle owners on how to avoid being a victim of crime.
The scheme is about warning motorists that this time they were lucky because it was us who saw these items on show. But next time it could be someone else. Thieves are opportunists and it’s about not giving them the opportunity.
The vehicle owners are sent a letter reminding them to remove all property and register any valuables at http://www.immobilise.com/ to help police identify it.
Inspector Greenhalgh added:
Police are doing everything they can to prevent theft from vehicles but motorists must play their part by removing tempting items from display.
To read the source article in full please go to: Hunts Post – Eagle-eyed officers help cut car crime in St Neots