Police are asking motorists to be aware of thefts from vehicles ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend which could see increases in people visiting beauty spots in the area.
Officers will be patrolling the area’s beauty spot car parks over the weekend to raise awareness of vehicle crime and to advise drivers on how they can prevent becoming a victim.
Chief Inspector Darius Hemmatpour said: “We want motorists to enjoy the beautiful countryside that this area has to offer without having their visit overshadowed by returning to their car to find a window smashed or valuable items stolen from within.“
“Some don’t consider the risk of leaving valuables hidden in their cars while others are simply complacent. Most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions such as handbags, sat navs, mobile phones and cameras are left inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves.“
“Hopefully we will see more of this beautiful weather during the summer and my simple message to motorists is, when leaving your car, close all windows, lock your doors and remove all valuable items. Unfortunately a lot of people put their valuables in the boot or in footwells and even though they are out of sight, they are by no means safe”.
To safeguard your valuables, Police have offered the following advice:
- When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car
- Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle
- Take all your personal possessions with you
- Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens
- Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside
- Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.