Drivers across Northamptonshire are being reminded to remove valuables from their vehicles – to reduce break ins.
The county’s police force has issued safety advice as it usually sees a spike in incidents at this time of year.
- Before you get out of your vehicle, check nothing’s left out on seats, the dash, console, door pockets or in footwells
- Take all valuables with you. If you can’t remove items, lock them out of sight in the boot or a vehicle safe. Be aware of your surroundings and whether anyone could be watching while you do this
- Close all windows and remove sat navs or phone holders. Wipe away suction marks as these may tempt thieves to break in to see if the device is still in the car. Put phone charging leads away for the same reason
- Always lock your vehicle. If it has remote locking, always physically check the doors have locked before you leave it. Criminals nearby can use a jamming device to block the remote signal, leaving the car unlocked so they can get in once you have left
- Where you park matters. If you park in daylight and will be leaving your car until evening or overnight, consider how the area may look in the dark – will it be lit, will it be busy or secluded? Out and about, try to use car parks with Park Mark status – www.parkmark.co.uk