Dorset motorists urged to keep vehicles secure over bank holiday weekend
DORSET Police are urging motorists to remove belongings from their cars over the busy bank holiday weekend.
Although car crime has declined in Dorset, over 75 per cent of thefts from vehicles take place as a result of cars and vans being left insecure - either unlocked or windows left open.
Inspector Ernie Henley said: "Empty your vehicle whenever you leave it unattended.
"A thief will take the opportunity to steal anything from a vehicle that they can keep or sell on. This includes Sat Navs, CDs, clothing, sport bags and tools.
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"It is not enough to hide them out of view. Make sure that you leave your vehicle locked and secure by checking the doors and windows before you walk away."
Officers are urging motorists to remove all valuables and don't hide things in the boot or glove compartment.
Drivers should take removable stereos, Sat Nav equipment and bags with them and wipe off any marks left behind on windscreens.
Motorists should double check the central locking has worked and ensure all windows and doors are closed and secured.
All driving documents and personal letters should be kept at home, and never leave keys in the vehicle - even if you are just leaving it for a few seconds.
Motorists are also urged to park in a busy well-lit area if possible.
"Reducing crime is a priority for Dorset Police" added Inspector Henley. "Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore can be prevented.
"We are working hard to address the problem but we need members of the public to take simple steps to help keep themselves and their property safe.
"The cost of repairing your car can be substantial, so don't give criminals a reason to want to break into and steal from your vehicle."