The Rickmansworth Safer Neighbourhood Team is urging residents to remain vigilant when parking their cars, as criminals have been targeting local vehicles in Croxley Green.
Officers from the team spent two hours on Thursday, February 17, checking parked vehicles in Croxley Green, finding 79 unlocked cars in the area.
Sergeant Adam Johnson said: “We want to educate and advise residents around securing their vehicles, in doing so highlighting how many unsecure vehicles were in their community and at risk of theft.
“Please always remember to lock your vehicle and check your vehicle has locked. Move any valuables out of sight and ideally take them into your house with you.
“As we continue to ensure the safety of residents, please be assured we are out there with the aim of deterring criminal activity from the area and keeping residents and their vehicles safe.
“Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.”
Police recommendations include keeping your car key (and spare) well away from the car when at home, keeping keys from keyless entry cars in a signal-blocked pouch, reprogramming keys if you buy a second-hand car, and turning off wireless signals on key fobs when not in use.
For further crime prevention advice, please visit www.herts.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/preventing-car-vehicle-theft/