Lock it or lose it!

Alert message sent 31/01/2019 21:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Tonight Chesterfield South Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with Derbyshire Police Cadets as part of a vehicle security initiative.

We discussed vehicle crime prevention with shoppers at Morrison's on Chatsworth Road, highlighting preventative security measures that could be taken.

We then took to the car park to see how shoppers were leaving their vehicles. Our eagle eyes spotted in total:

2 handbags
1 piece of equipment
7 media cables/leads
1 gift box
2 parcels
6 bags of shopping
2 items of clothing
And last but not least one vehicle left with keys in the ignition!

If we could see these items, so could a thief.

Leaving items like these on show means you are more likely to have your vehicle broken into. Just because you know there is nothing in that parcel doesn't mean a thief will know.

Be wise to vehicle crime and follow these simple rules.

1. Lock your vehicle and don't leave windows open where possible
2. Remove sat navs or other equipment and wipe the mark left by the device
3. Do not leave valuables on display
4. Remove music/media devices
5. If you need to leave items in the vehicle, place them in the boot and not the glove box or under the seat
6. Put away charging/media cables and put the cigarette lighter back in its place
7. If possible remove the stereo fascia
8. Leave glove box open and sun visors down to show there is nothing hidden
9. Don't leave bags, clothing or loose change on display

Make sure you are not the next victim of vehicle crime.

Happy motoring and stay safe from Chesterfield South Safer Neighbourhood Team!
Message sent by
Joanne Elliott-Pressland (Police,PCSO,Chesterfield South)

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