Vehicles left unaccompanied in isolated areas can be at risk of crime. To reduce the risk, a few simple steps taken by the owner will reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into, or stolen.
It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car, so never leave any valuables such as bags, CDs, mobiles and laptops on display when you park.
Take simple steps to keep your vehicles secure when left unattended in rural or town car parks.
Hampshire police advises:
- before you leave home, think about what you need and leave any unnecessary items of value at home
- close the windows and sunroof, lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended
- remove all your valuables from the car including bags, electronic equipment, cash, credit cards, vehicle documents and the sat nave (wiping away any suction mark the sat nave may have left)
- remove all items such as coats and jackets as a thief may think it has been used to hide some valuables
- if possible, park in view of the road in rural car parks, park in busy areas or in well-lit surroundings, especially at night
- fit anti-tamper screws to your number plate
- thieves sometimes watch you arrive in car parks, if they see you place a hand bag in the boot they will break into your vehicle
- be vigilant, report any suspicious activity on 101 or 999 if an emergency.
You can also display a no valuables left in this vehicle card within your vehicle. These are available for free from NFDC information offices. Details about opening hours and the location of information offices can be found on New Forest District Council's website.