Valuables inside your car can be stolen if it is left unlocked, unguarded and on view. Thieves break into cars when they see mobile phones, laptops, Sat Navs, cash, credit cards, cheque books and/or other items that take their fancy.
By taking the following advice you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of car crime:
- Remove all valuables and take them with you or lock out of sight.
- Remove portable Sat Navs and holders from the windscreen and wipe the residue circle from the screen as this could indicate you have hidden the unit in the car.
- Keep your keys safe with you at all times.
- Fit security devices such as an electronic immobiliser, mechanical immobiliser, vehicle alarm, or locking wheel nuts.
- Have your vehicle registration number etched onto all glass surfaces.
- Mark valuables with your surname, door number and postcode with police approved SmartWater or Selecta DNA forensic products.
- Lock all doors - close the sunroof and all windows every time you leave your car, even if it is just for a few minutes.
- Use your garage and always lock it as well as your car. If you do not have a garage, try to park in a well-lit place or somewhere that is in good view of passers-by.
When you park your car away from home, try to avoid places that are unattended, have easy access and are out of public view.
Locked out of a vehicle
It can be distressing to become locked out of your vehicle. Usually you would need to contact a motoring organisation or a locksmith to gain entry into your vehicle, but in certain situations the police will attend to assist.
If you find yourself locked out of a vehicle, you should contact one of the following:
- Motoring organisation, if you have membership
- Breakdown service, if you have membership
- Car garage.
The police will only attend if:
- There is a distressed child locked in the car
- A distressed animal is locked in a car
- The time of day or circumstances of the caller mean that it would be sensible to assist (e.g. lone female late at night or disabled driver).
Please note: In these circumstances it may be difficult for an officer to gain entry to your vehicle without causing damage to it. Any assistance offered is on the understanding that the individual officers or the constabulary will not be held liable for any damage.
If you are locked out of your vehicle and require police attendance, contact us by calling 101.