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General Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 22/04/2022 14:25:00

Information sent on behalf of South Yorkshire Police

Don't Leave Valuables on Show
It might sound obvious but leaving items on show is an invitation to the opportunist criminal - mobile phones, satnavs and mounts, power leads, money, wallets, handbags, sunglasses, coats, jackets and bags should always be removed from the vehicle or hidden well out of sight
Hide Keys & Fobs
Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach. A common way to steal a car is to take the keys or ignition fob, so never leave them in the vehicle, even if it is unattended for a moment. When at home ensure that your keys or ignition fob are kept well away from windows or doors so that they cannot be seen by a potential thief, and never leave them close to the front door where they can be accessed through letterboxes
Lock Doors & Close Windows!
Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when you leave it unattended - be this on the drive, the petrol station forecourt, when de-icing your vehicle in the winter or when getting a ticket to park. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from.

Fit an Alarm
If your vehicle is not fitted with a manufacturers’ fitted alarm and/or immobiliser, consider installing an approved system. Most new vehicles come with one fitted, you can find out more from the Thatcham Research Centre. The Thatcham Research Consumer Security Rating assesses a new vehicle’s all-round security. Find out more: https://www.thatcham.org/
Install a Tracker
Tracker systems can increase the recovery of your car if it is stolen. Many systems activate once the car is stolen and track the car via GPS and other systems. SBD have several members which specialise in this area and can advise you on the best system and fitting of the product for your vehicle type
Use Physical Security
Physical security products such as a steering wheel lock or a lock that fits over the gear lever still act as a good deterrent
Secure your Number Plates
Fit theft-resistant number plate fittings. Stolen number plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure number plates

Parking your car at home
• Consider fitting a garage alarm. If you have a house alarm system, consider connecting it to the garage. Further information about alarms can be found on our SBD Alarm Advice Webpage
• Another option is to park your car on a drive. If your drive has gates, consider closing them at night or when you are not using your vehicle
• If you don’t have gates, a vehicle bollard will provide an extra visible deterrent.
• One area that is often overlooked is the security of the garage doors. Unfortunately, many older garage doors are very easy to break-into so you should consider replacing them with an accredited SBD product.
Park under street lights
If you are parking your car on the street overnight, consider parking it under or near a street light. The opportunistic criminal does not want to be seen or caught and this simple step may protect your car, not only from theft but also from someone causing criminal damage to your vehicle.
Consider CCTV
CCTV can be a deterrent and help protect both your car and home. If you do decide to use CCTV it is important to read the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) advice on Domestic CCTV systems.
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Peter Robinson (Neighbourhood Team East, PCSO, Royston, South Yorkshire Police)

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