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South Leicester Police - Theft from motor vehicles

Alert message sent 03/08/2021 09:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police


Dear South Leicester Resident,

From reviewing our recent reports, we have seen a small increase in incidents of theft from motor vehicles across the Policing area.

With the exception of specialist theft of car parts such as catalytic converters, most theft from motor vehicles are opportunistic. This often involves forced entry to vehicles - but it is also surprising just how many cars are left insecure. This makes it so easy for opportunists to take items left in the vehicle.

Please consider the advice below to dramatically reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of crime:
  • Check (and double check) that you have locked your vehicle. Ensure all windows are fully closed
  • Use your garage or park in well-lit, well-populated and overlooked areas wherever possible.
  • Remove your valuables. Bags, jackets, cases and toys etc.  A jacket could contain cash or cigarettes that may encourage them. Consider locking them away in your boot - but only if you cannot access the boot from the rear seats and you cannot unlock the boot from a switch in the cabin.
  • Remove loose change from view. We have previously seen incidents where opportunists will break into a car for as little as 50p!
  • Remove electronics. Remove any holders or chargers and wipe clear suction cup marks. Any evidence could encourage a thief to look further. Consider buying another means of holding your device such as a weighted mat holder.  
  • Keep your vehicle tidy. Clutter in the foot wells could make a thief feel it’s worth a look, whilst envelopes left on seats could contain something worth stealing.
  • Keep your glove box open if there is nothing in it - if you have nothing inside that's worth stealing, show that this is the case.
  • Take ID badges out of the vehicle. Criminals know that they may be with electronic passes to buildings. They could also be attractive to fraudsters.
Thank you for taking the time to read the above advice.

Kind regards,
Message sent by
Sam Donington (Freemen Neighbourhood, PCSO, South Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area)

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