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Crime Prevention Advice - Vehicle Theft

Most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) are left on show inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves.

Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing.

Offences can take place during the day or night, whether a vehicle is parked in a driveway, on the street or in a public car park. Typically. thieves will smash windows to gain entry. Sometimes they will break door locks or, on older vehicles, prise the door away from the body of the vehicle.


  • When      leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.

  • Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually      locked. (updated advice)

  • Park your      car in an attended car park.

  • Look for      public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.

  • When      parking at home, use your garage. If you don't have a garage, park in a      well-lit area.

  • Don't      leave anything on display in your vehicle.

  • Take all      your personal possessions with you.

  • Remove sat      nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.

  • Leave the      glove box open to show there's nothing inside.

  • Fit an      alarm or immobiliser to your car.

  • Record the      details of your property on the Immobilise website (

  • Do not      store your car's documents in the car.

  • Secure      your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

  • More      information about alarms can be found on the Thatcham and Sold Secure      websites.

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