Lock up before you leave! Motorists warned following series of thefts from unsecure cars

Car crime
Car crime

Motorists who leave their cars unsecured are leaving themselves open to crime, police have warned after a spate of thefts in Hemel Hempstead this month.

Officers are urging people to lock their vehicles before leaving them, after a number of items were stolen in the Apsley and Corner Hall areas.

In the first attack, a sat nav and golf clubs were taken from a car in Kents Avenue between Monday, October 13 and Friday, October 17.

A disabled badge was then swiped from a car in Winifred Road between Saturday, October 18 and the following Monday.

A sat nav was also stolen from a car in West Valley Road between Monday, October 20 and the following day.

Most recently, a sat nav and cash were stolen from a car in Deaconsfield Road between last Saturday, October 25 and Monday of this week.

All of the incidents occurred between the hours of midnight and 5am.

Sgt Adele Hopkin from the Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We’ve had 10 reports in the past two weeks. The majority of vehicles were left insecure, making them easy targets for the offender.

“I’d ask people to make sure that any valuables are removed from vehicles overnight and lock your vehicle when you leave it.

“If you do see some acting suspiciously around a vehicle, it is vitally important you call police so we can attend.”

Drivers are advised to ensure all doors, windows and sunroofs are shut and locked whenever a vehicle is left unattended.

Police also suggest removing sat navs and their holders, and wiping away any suction marks. Never leave valuables in your vehicle and keep all other possessions out of sight.

Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them.

You can also register your stereo, laptop, sat nav and any other property on www.immobilise.com to help police trace items if they are lost or stolen.

For more detailed security advice, visit www.herts.police.uk.

Call the police non-emergency 101 with information about any of the crimes.