We can all learn from lock it or lose it message

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Losing valuables left in your car would be a real pain. 
 There’s the annoyance that it’s gone and you’ve been a victim of crime, then the rigmarole you have to go through to make an insurance claim.

So that’s why it’s good to read that the police are taking a proactive stance with motorists and issuing them with a stark warning – lock it up or risk losing it.

It comes after remarkable figures that show that in Waterlooville, 40 per cent of reported thefts are from cars.

And as the police know – and proved on a recent operation – many of those vehicles have been left insecure.

In just four streets, officers found 14 vehicles that were not locked.

So rather than putting out a leaflet, or speaking to Neighbourhood Watch groups, officers took to the streets trying car doors to see if they opened.

If they did, they told the owner, even if it was the middle of the night.

We applaud this. Crime of any kind is despicable, but it’s this sort of low-level offence that effects the most people and can cause real damage.

And, as with lots of other crimes of property, the owner can minimise the chances of falling victim if they just take a few simple steps.

But as PC Terry Burke says, the crooks know people leave their vehicles open, and that they’re easy pickings.

And although it might not seem like there’s much in a car, valuable child car seats and sat navs are easily sold on.

So we ask you to listen to this advice.

And make sure your vehicle is locked up safely when you park up tonight.

It might just stop you becoming part of the next crime statistics.