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Police urge drivers to review vehicle security following sharp rise in thefts

 Published on: 19th January 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police in Kings Langley are urging drivers to make sure they aren’t attracting opportunist thieves following a sharp rise in the number of thefts from motor vehicles across the Dacorum borough.

PCSO Jake Smith, from the Kings Langley and Hemel South East Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Since January 1, 2018 more than 60 incidents have been reported to police and we believe there may have been further cases we haven’t been made aware of.

“I would like to stress the importance of removing all valuable items from your vehicle, such as sat navs, phones and laptops but also things like loose change, bags, coats and sunglasses. Leaving items on display could attract thieves and it takes just seconds for them to break in and steal them.

“Tool thefts in particular have also been a problem. The best thing to do is to remove all tools from vehicles overnight. If this isn’t possible, consider fitting a good quality tool safe to your vehicle to keep them more secure. You should also park on a driveway where possible and reverse up to a garage or wall to prohibit access to rear van doors.”

PCSO Smith continued: “We’re doing all we can to combat vehicle crime and have dedicated patrols being carried out in hotspot areas. However, we also need the public to play their part by ensuring their vehicles are fully secure and reporting any suspicious activity to police straight away. If you witness a crime in progress or see people acting suspiciously around vehicles, dial 999.”

Anyone with information about the recent thefts is asked to contact PCSO 6358 Jake Smith on the non-emergency number 101. You can also report information online at www.herts.police.uk/Report

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

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