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Warning over car break-ins across Watford and north Watford
Following a number of recent thefts from vehicles in Watford and north Watford police are appealing to residents to consider simple crime prevention tips.
Between August and September items have been taken from both inside and outside vehicles. Streets that have been targeted include Sussex Road, Sandown Road, Shakespeare Street, St Albans Road and Cross Road.
Targeted streets in the area
Items stolen include number plates, indicator lights, sunglasses, fuel, an iPad and power tools.
PC Simon Cooper works as part of Operation Scorpion, the force wide initiative to drive down crime and make Hertfordshire a hostile place for offenders.
He said: "Whilst we continue to target suspects and proactively prevent offences, we need to work with members of the public and would encourage residents to put in place crime prevention.
"Some simple steps could make the difference in stopping your vehicle from becoming a target."
The police has issued the following advice:
• Make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended.
• Remove your Sat Nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a Sat Nav is stored in your vehicle.
• Never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove-box or boot - and keep ALL other possessions out of sight.
• Look out for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, make sure you use it and lock it properly.
• If you keep your car on the drive, you could consider having a 'dusk-til-dawn' security light fitted at the front of your house - thieves don't like to be illuminated.
• Remove valuable tools from vans when left parked and unattended and use notices to advertise that fact.
• Use a locking fuel cap as it could deter the opportunist fuel thief. High fuel prices may be encouraging more criminals to steal from other people’s vehicles.
• Secure your number plates - replace them with Secure Plates or fix with tamper proof screws.
Theft of number plates accounts for around 15% of all motor vehicle crime. For more advice, visit www.herts.police.uk.
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