‘Remove valuables from car to prevent theft’ – PSNI Newry

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Friday, September 28th, 2012
Police in Newry and Mourne are reminding motorists to remove valuables from their cars and secure their vehicle when leaving it unattended. Crime prevention officer for Armagh and Newry, Paula Nicholl explained to Newry Times, “Officers have noticed a number of cars with valuables left in clear view whilst on their daily patrols in both Armagh and Newry areas. Thefts from vehicles are largely opportunistic crimes and if a thief sees something of value sitting in your car then they will break in to get it.” “The most important piece of advice we can give to motorists is to ensure that your vehicle is always locked and secured when unattended.” The following simple steps provides a checklist for all car owners: * Park in well lit secure locations. *Keep all valuables and personal possessions out of sight. *Lock all doors and check the boot is locked. *Close all windows including the sunroof. *Keep doors locked when driving and all valuables out of sight, especially when slowing down at junctions and traffic lights. *When removing a sat nav wipe the mark left from the suction cup off the screen. *Consider locking wheel nuts. *Remove the keys from ignition when away from the vehicle. Paula added: “Improved car security features such as alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle and your valuables.” “As it only takes a matter of seconds to break into a car, we would also urge local residents to promptly report all suspicious activity they notice near vehicles, or car alarms that have been activated, as this will help to deter and help us to detect those involved in this type of crime.” Police and your local crime prevention officer can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.
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