Police plea to Dorset drivers to prevent theft from cars
DORSET Police is urging motorists to take simple steps to reduce the chances of thefts from cars.
A 12 per cent increase in thefts from cars since April last year, has prompted the plea.
Between January 1, and January 27, 13 break-ins to cars parked in beauty spots across Dorset – including rural car parks in Cerne Abbas, Bridport, Blandford, Wimborne and Wareham, were reported
A spokesman said motorists should keep valuable items hidden from sight, windows and doors should be securely locked, sat-navs and holders should not be left visible and car alarms should always be enabled, particularly when visiting rural car parks.
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Chief Inspector Jared Parkin said: "Following a recent increase in vehicles being broken into, I'm encouraging motorists to take simple steps to reduce the chances of thieves targeting their cars.
"It sounds simple, but the main thing I'd encourage motorists to do is to make sure they leave their vehicles securely locked. We are seeing lots of vehicles being broken into that were not even locked.
"Also, don't leave valuables or items like handbags, purses and wallets in your car when it's parked – either on display or hidden away."
Lance Cliff, Christchurch Neighbourhood Inspector, said: "In Christchurch, we've seen that some cars are being broken into even when they are parked on the owner's driveway.
"So please make sure your vehicle is left securely locked and don't leave any valuable items in it, even when it's parked on your own property.
"Also, we've seen an increase in the number of vans being broken into in the Christchurch area recently.
"I would encourage tradespeople not to leave expensive tools and materials in their vans, even if they are securely locked."