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Calling all vehicle owners

12 September 2017

During the past few months, many areas of Rushcliffe have been experiencing significant increases in vehicle crime – mainly interference with a vehicle and theft from a vehicle.  In some instances, windows are smashed to get into the vehicle, but in the majority of cases there is no evidence of a break in, suggesting the vehicle may have been left unsecure.  The vehicles most targeted are transit vans with work tools being the possible target.

We are urging drivers to be especially vigilant and take extra care with vehicle security, particularly in the evenings and overnight.

Always check you have locked your vehicle whenever you leave it.  Here are some other things you can do:

  • Remove everything from view in the vehicle – even an old jacket could suggest there is something worth stealing
  • Ensure all windows and the sunroof are closed when you leave the vehicle
  • Don’t store things in the boot – take them with you
  • Take any removable sat nav equipment with you, including the leads
  • Change any screws on the number plate to tamper proof ones
  • Don’t park you vehicle in an unlit, isolated location
  • Work vehicles should display a sign stating that all tools have been removed.

In most cases, vehicle crime is preventable.  It can take just seconds for a thief to steal something from your car – so make it as secure as you can.

We have a number of secure number plate fixings and signs that say ‘no items left in this vehicle’ available to Rushcliffe residents – these can be collected from the Rushcliffe Community Contact Centre on Rectory Road, West Bridgford, free of charge.

Report any suspicious behaviour by calling Police on 101.