In this edition of the newsletter:
- Garden security - Hints and tips
- HARLOW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEEDS YOU !
The following advice might help you to reduce vehicle crime opportunities: -
• Park in well-lit areas so your vehicle can be easily seen.
• When using public car parks look for those approved by the police-approved Safer Parking Scheme - www.parkmark.co.uk
• Activate the alarm/immobilizer. Use steering wheel locks as an added deterrent.
• Shut windows and lock doors and check they are locked before you walk away.
• Don’t leave anything on display, especially valuables. Things like sat navs, mobile phones, laptops, handbags, purses, wallets, bank cards, cheque books, cash, and vehicle registration documents. They are particularly attractive to thieves who will even break in to grab bags and coats, on the chance that they might contain valuables.
• Always clean off the sat nav ‘ring’ mark.
• Take your belongings with you when you leave the vehicle, or lock them out of sight before you begin your journey.
• If the radio is not removable, replace the existing screws with grub-head screws.
• Fit locking wheel nuts.
• Keep your keys in a safe place and take them with you whenever you leave the vehicle.
• Don’t leave the engine running while you go to pay for petrol, get a newspaper, etc.
• Have the Vehicle Registration Number etched onto all glass surfaces.
Most vehicles are fitted with these. They are part of the exhaust system and very popular with thieves. Mercedes Sprinter vans continue to be their main targets, but other vehicles that are easy to crawl under are also attacked. The following information might help to make it difficult for thieves: -
• Where possible, park in a garage or a spot with good lighting and natural surveillance opportunities. Avoid parking close to bushes, which could block the view of any CCTV.
• Etch your converter with a serial number or car registration number. If police make an arrest and recovered catalytic converters don't carry ID marks, it may prove impossible to find the original owner and bring offenders to justice.
• Have a look at other product options that might help. [See www.securedbydesign.com and click on ‘Vehicle Security’ for various products that have ‘Police Preferred Specification’ status.]
• If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high clearance using vehicles with low clearance. This will help obstruct access underneath the target vehicles. Ensure use of good lighting.
• Security fencing around vehicles in commercial areas may act as a deterrent to thieves.
• If you see someone working under a vehicle in suspicious circumstances, contact Police – it could be someone stealing the catalytic converter.
6960 Graham ANTHONY, Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor, Harlow Nov 2013