Community safety partnership issues warning to prevent theft from vehicles

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By Com_Publisher | Monday, May 23, 2011, 21:13

The Dorset

Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is reminding motorists to secure their vehicles and empty

them of any valuables.


weather improves so does the popularity of Dorset's

beauty spots. With many vehicles being left in remote locations, it is

important that people remove all valuable items, such as handbags, mobile

phones, laptops and satellite navigations systems, from their vehicles.


Ray Nottage, Chair of Dorset Community Safety Partnership, said: "Our message is clear and the advice is simple. If you want to reduce

the chances of your vehicle being targeted – while parked on driveways,

roadsides, in towns and villages and particularly remote locations and beauty

spots – remove all valuables from your vehicle and make sure it is


"Often people are far too complacent and leave

things like laptops, bags and cash on display in their vehicles. This leaves

their vehicles vulnerable and more likely to be targeted by any would-be car



Community Safety Partnership is giving the following advice to members of the



Don't leave any valuable

possessions in your vehicle – not even in the boot.


Satellite navigation equipment is

a favourite among thieves – make sure you remove the unit AND the cradle,

rubbing out any sucker marks.


Lock your car's doors and

boot and close the windows and sunroof each time you leave it unoccupied, even

when paying for petrol.


Use the security devices in your

vehicle – fit an alarm if you do not have one.


If your vehicle is broken into,

call Dorset Police on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22.  Only dial 999 if life is

in danger or a crime is in progress.


Park in well lit and open



Look out for car parks displaying

the Park Mark logo – this tells you the car park has achieved a

'safer parking' status.



For more information visit

If you have information about a crime you can contact

Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 in confidence, your call will not

be traced and you may receive a cash reward.



  • Profile image for steff_emz

    Are there really still people who leave things on show in their car ? These warnings have been around for ages !

    By steff_emz at 22:41 on 29/05/11

  • Profile image for emilymccunn

    To find your nearest police-approved Park Mark car park, visit You can search on postcode, village, town or city, and generate directions as well.

    By emilymccunn at 08:48 on 24/05/11

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