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CCTV appeal following theft from a vehicle

 Published on: 5th August 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Officers investigating a theft from a vehicle in Hemel Hempstead have released an image of a man they would like to speak to as part of their enquiries.

It happened in The Lindens between 1pm on Wednesday 31 July and 6am on Thursday 1 August.

Offender(s) gained access to a silver Mercedes GLC and stole a Dell laptop and laptop bag.

PC Karl Diggins, from the Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead South East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are keen to identify the man in the image as we believe he may have information that could assist our investigation.

“We appreciate the image is not of the best quality, however if you do think you recognise the person pictured, then please get in touch.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via online web chat here or call our non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 41/69610/19.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information online at crimestoppers-uk.org 

Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following vehicle crime prevention advice:

  • It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended.
  • Always take the keys out of the ignition even if you’re just stopping to buy a newspaper, paying for fuel, or popping back into your home to get something.
  • Be aware of your keys.  Don’t leave them lying around, visible or in pockets in changing rooms where they could be taken.  Don’t leave them visible on a window sill in your home or near to the front door, where they could be “hooked” through the letterbox.
  • Never leave any valuables in your vehicle – not even in the glove-box or boot – and keep ALL other possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your coat pocket or bag left on the back seat, a thief may try their luck.
  • Remove your sat nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a sat nav is stored in your vehicle.
  • Never leave vehicle documents in your car – don’t make it easy for a thief to sell your car or provide a cover story if stopped by the police.
  • Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them.
  • Consider buying locking screws kits to secure number plates, which are often targeted by criminals.
  • Register your stereo, laptop, sat nav and any other property on the free online property database immobilise.com. It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it’s lost or stolen.

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