Advice for motorists as hot weather looms

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Motorists are being reminded to make sure they secure their cars after an increase in thefts from vehicles.

Hampshire Constabulary reported a rise last month in vehicle thefts.

Now they are reminding people not to leave windows and sunroofs open when parking their cars.

The force’s safer neighbourhoods teams have been delivering crime prevention leaflets and have increased patrols in certain areas, knocking on doors of residents who have left valuables such as laptops or mobile phones on view in their vehicles.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘As many of us head out in our cars to experience the delights of the area’s beauty spots or simply pop to the shops this weekend, please remember opportunistic thieves will be keeping an eye out for vehicles that are left open and unattended.

‘If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles, particularly if they are trying car door handles on parked vehicles, call the police on 101, giving as full a description as possible.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police advice

– Shut all windows and sunroofs and lock all doors. Activate the alarm and immobiliser. Make use of any security products you might have such as steering locks.

– While enjoying the sights make sure you keep your bag and possessions with you.

– Try to park in sign-posted parking areas. If you have a garage, use it.

– Be cautious about parking your car in isolation. If possible, park in a busy area. Thieves can be put off when other people are around.

– Don’t leave anything in your vehicle, including the boot. A jacket or coat left behind may be of very little value to you, but a thief may think it has been used to hide a laptop or handbag and will break into your vehicle to find out.

– Take items with you rather than locking them in the boot, you can’t be sure who has seen you.

– Make sure you do not leave documents which have your personal details on in your vehicle.

– Do not leave your sat-nav in your vehicle and don’t forget to remove the cradle and wipe the sucker marks from your windscreen.

– If you have a removable music system, take it with you.