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Vehicle Crime

Alert message sent 30/06/2020 13:44:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has received reports of vehicle crime across the Wokingham Borough area. Reports have included people trying vehicle door handles, causing damage to car panels and smashing windows. We would like to hear from anyone with CCTV, video doorbell, dashcam footage or who may have seen anything suspicious in relation to vehicle crime.

If you have any information, please report online or call 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact “Crimestoppers” anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111. It is an independent charity, no personal details will be asked for, calls are not recorded or traced and you would not have to go to court.

Please lock your vehicle
Locking your vehicle, even when filling up or parked on your drive, greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeted by an opportunist thief and always check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open. Manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away as devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob. If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around.

Take it with you
Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Leaving sat nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives the impression you may have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses, bank cards and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.

Catalytic Converter theft
The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft. To keep yours safe, ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

Park responsibly
It’s always advisable to avoid parking in dark and secluded areas. It’s worth an extra five minute walk if it means your vehicle is left in a well-lit and busier street.

For further crime prevention advice, please visit the Thames Valley Police website.
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Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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