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Police warning for car owners

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POLICE have issued a warning for car owners in the Westbrook, Callands and Old Hall areas of Warrington to be on their guard against giving opportunist thieves an easy ride.
Over the past couple of weeks police have seen an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles in these areas of Warrington and officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team are appealing for car owners to be vigilant.
Sergeant Gordon Jack said “A significant percentage of these thefts occur when car owners fail to take on board basic security precautions by locking and securing their cars properly. Valuable items – including laptops, sat navs and mobile phones, are then stolen when thieves have easy access to vehicles.”
He offered the following advice: Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure when it is unattended – even for a few seconds. Always activate the alarm and/or steering lock.
Remove any valuable items – such as mobile phones, laptops and cash – from the vehicle. Do not be tempted to hide valuable items in the glove box or under seats.
Remember to remove the sat nav and the fascia of car stereos – ensure you detach the cradle. Wipe away the mark from the windscreen that has been left by the suction pad – this is a tell-tale sign for thieves that a sat nav is being used in the vehicle.
Record important information such as the make, model and serial numbers of any valuable property so that the property can be identified if it is ever stolen.
Consider fitting a special anti-theft number plate to your vehicle. These plates will shatter or distort if they are forcibly removed making them unusable by thieves.
Your car keys are also important so make sure you look after them and know where they are at all times.
Try and park in well-lit areas where there are a lot of people around. If a garage is available for overnight parking ensure that it is used whenever possible and that it is locked and secured.
Anyone with any information about vehicle crime is urged to contact officers from Warrington West NPU on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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