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Van Crime

Alert message sent 23/05/2019 15:42:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


There have been two reported vehicle offences of vans in New Hall on the 21/5/19. One of which was attempted and another then stolen.

20BE/121883J/19 - Between the 21/5 and 22/5. Robinsons Way, Minworth
20BE/210798P/19 - Between the 21/5 and 22/5. Hillcrest Road, Wylde Green. WHITE Ford Transit has been STOLEN. Registration of NX12GFK.

This has been forwarded for awareness of Van Owners to potentially look at enhanced security for there vehicles, as it appears ignitions are being drilled on certain vehicles to enable them to be started.

You could potentially benefit from the below advice;

Disklok discount - You can buy a steering wheel lock from a number of places, but we’ve partnered with Disklok, who are offer a 15 per cent discount on their products exclusively to drivers in the West Midlands Police area.
Ordering is simple – just log onto www.disklokuk.co.uk and enter the code wmnowdsk15 at the checkout. The discount is only valid on the yellow model.

Keeping your vehicle safe
         Check with your main dealer that - regardless of the age of the vehicle - it has had all its recalls completed and software updated.
         Check with your main dealer what latest security measures can be retrofitted to older vehicles. This can cost less than the excess on your insurance, in the event of a claim.
         To protect your Passive Entry Vehicle against a Relay Attack then go to www.securedbydesign.com search for products using key word search ‘shielding for car keys’.
         To explore what aftermarket security products are available from third parties. Thatcham is a source of tested products.
         Consider using a Thatcham tested and approved steering wheel lock that provides full coverage of the wheel.
         Keep full control of your keys. Valet parking, car washes, and even some garages have been found to copy keys.
         Make sure ‘your fob has done the job’, and that passengers haven’t left a window or door open, even slightly.
         Don’t leave anything visible in the vehicle. Sat navs / dash cams, loose change, and bags are all attractive to thieves.
         When parking, always choose a well-lit location with natural or electronic surveillance. Use a car park, whenever possible, which has been awarded the ‘Park Mark’.
         At home, if you have a garage, use it. Consider installing security lights or CCTV to improve the deterrent. 
         Park in a well-lit area or car park or if possible find a car park displaying the ‘Park Mark’ sign which shows it's been approved under the safer parking scheme.
         Lock your car as soon as you get inside.
         Keep your doors locked while driving. If your car has a self-locking facility - a lot have these days - make sure it’s active.
         Try to leave a sufficient gap between your vehicle and the car in front when stopped at traffic lights or in traffic, but not so much another car can get between your vehicle and the one in front. This is so you can manoeuvre safely out of danger. (If you're approached by anyone suspicious on foot, being too close to the vehicle in front will prevent you from manoeuvring out of danger.)
         If your car's in collision with another vehicle and you're suspicious of the driver's intention, if you can, drive to a well-lit and populated area and summon help.
         Sounding the vehicles horn is a good way of drawing attention in an emergency.
         Do not open a window fully to speak to someone who approaches your vehicle, or unlock and open the door.
         Always take your car keys out of the vehicle if you are going into shops or a petrol station, even if someone is left in the car. Similarly, keep windows closed if possible.
         In an emergency dial 999.


Sutton New Hall Neighbourhood Team

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Pat Maher (Police, PCSO, Sutton, New Hall)

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