‘Remove all valuables from car’, Newry police warns after spate of thefts

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Police in Newry are reminding the local community to remove all valubales from your car when you leave it unattended. The reminder comes following thefts from vehicles at Slieve Gullion Forest Park and Forkill Road, Newry. On Thursday, 31st October, between 2pm and 2.30pm four vehicles were broken into at the Forest Park and an ipad and sum of cash taken. A blue Honda Accord car with a Southern registration is believed to be involved in these thefts. A short time later another vehicle was broken into in the car park of supermarket premises on Forkhill Road, Newry. An orange and white Sthil consaw was taken. There have been a number of thefts from vehicles in recent weeks and police are asking the public to take a few simple steps to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of this type of crime. Thieves are opportunistic. Don’t make it easy for them – remove all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, CD players, laptops, Sat Navs and phones from view. Lock valuable items in the boot and remove the face plate from your in-car stereo system. In a number of these incidents the thief is going straight for the glove box so avoid storing your valuables here – where possible, keep your wallet, purse, cash or phone on your person. Ensure your vehicle is locked and all windows and sun roofs secure. Improving your car’s security features such as alarms, prominent VIN number markings, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle. It only takes a matter of seconds to break into a car so it is vitally important that the public promptly report any suspicious activity they notice near vehicles or when a car alarm has been activated. This will help to deter and help Police detect those involved in this type of crime. Police are appealing to anyone with information in relation to these incidents to contact them in Newry on 0845 600 8000.
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