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Car Crime Warning for North Yorkshire


1:28pm 29th March 2013

North Yorkshire Police are offering advice and reminding vehicle owners to make sure they are secure when they leave them unattended.

The warning comes ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend and the lighter nights when people will be out and about visiting isolated beauty spots.

Experience shows that such areas have often been a target for thieves.

The majority of thefts, which can take as little as 10 seconds, are committed by opportunist criminals, who choose "easy targets" and are easily preventable.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, Head of Investigations and Volume Crime, said: “As we head into the bank holiday weekend I would like to take this opportunity to urge people to take some simple steps to help themselves becoming victims of crime when they leave their vehicles parked in rural areas.

“As thieves want to commit crimes as quickly as possible to minimise the risk of getting caught, make sure that your car doesn’t make an easy target for criminals. Lock the doors, as well as closing the windows, make sure the sunroof is secure and keep valuables out of sight.”

A few precautions will help reduce your chances of being a victim of car crime:

  • If you have a satellite navigation system, as well as putting it in the glove box or boot make sure that you wipe away the mark from your windscreen
  • Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors
  • Remember to activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended
  • Think about where you are parking your car, make sure it’s in as open and well illuminated public space as possible
  • Don’t leave cash, credit cards, chequebook, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car
  • Make sure you don’t leave your keys in the car, even for a second, treat them as you would your cash and credit cards

For more crime prevention advice please contact you local Safer Neighbourhood Team or visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.

If you have any information about people committing thefts from unattended vehicles please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 



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