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Theft from Motor Vehicles

Alert message sent 07/12/2017 09:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

This morning we have woken to numerous reports of thefts from a motor vehicle in the Sunbury area.

It would seem that during these festive times of rushing from shop to shop, grabbing Christmas bargains, loading up the car then heading back to shop some more, we are forgetting the simple rules.

  •  ALWAYS make sure your car is LOCKED! So simple yet so effective. These opportunistic thieves wonder along and check every door they come across until one opens. Say goodbye to whatever’s inside!
  • Hide your valuables. So you have bags upon bags of Christmas food and gifts. You plonk them on the back seat then pop off for a well-earned coffee and mince pie. What’s wrong with the boot? Full of junk? Then EMPTY IT! If you can see those gifts and gadgets poking out the bag then so can the thieves. Sometimes that temptation is just too much. Put everything in the boot where it can’t be seen. Even if you can’t see what’s inside the bag, it’s still a bag. Someone might just want to try a lucky dip!
  • Remove the change from the cupholder. If you have a little cubby hole full of coppers, thieves will just see money. They won’t count it up to see if it’s worth taking, they can do that after. And if you’re likely to leave money on show then your likely to leave other valuables lying around. A quick rummage will reveal all, and the thief may also have enough of your change for a Christmas flavored coffee after. All because of that 'copper pot'.

Most of these simple things we do all year round, without thinking. But for some reason we forget ourselves at Christmas. Whether its the stress of it all, or the excitement, we all do things we wouldn’t normally do. Don’t let one of those slip ups ruin your festive fun. Its far more fun to give those gifts to someone you love, rather then someone who was just 'passing by'.

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Emma Mahoney (Surrey Police, Office Manager, Spelthorne)

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