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Crime Prevention Message - Vehicle Crime

Alert message sent 15/10/2020 10:31:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Good morning.

Unfortunately we have had a number of theft from motor vehicles in the Selly Oak Area

We ask Residents and visitors to the area to be mindful of leaving valuables on show in their vehicles.

In some areas of the West Midlands we’ve seen a rise in vehicle crime offences and we wanted to share the latest car crime prevention tips. Even keyless cars are being broken into using new methods. Our advice is to:

• Check with your main dealer that - regardless of the age of the vehicle – it’s had all its recalls completed and software updated. Also see if the latest security measures can be retrofitted to older vehicles. (This can cost less than the excess on your insurance.)

• See what latest security products are available. Thatcham is a source of tested products. Consider using a Thatcham tested and approved steering wheel lock.

• Keep 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 passengers haven’t left a window or door open.

• Don’t leave anything visible in the vehicle. Sat navs / dash cams, loose change and bags attract thieves.

• Choose a well-lit location when parking, with natural or electronic surveillance. Where possible use a ‘Park Mark’ car park.

• If you have a garage, use it and think about installing security lights or CCTV.

Together we can reduce vehicle crime.

Kind regards

PCSO Toni Jones
Selly Oak Neighbourhood Team
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Toni Jones (Police, PCSO, Selly Oak)

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