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Warning to Wirral motorists: 'Hot weather means thieves about'
12:10pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
RECENT hot weather has encouraged people parking their cars at Wirral beaches and beauty spots to leave windows and sun roofs open – sparking a spate of thefts.
Police are now working with Wirral Council’s community safety team to try to get the message over to drivers leaving cars unsecured is never a good idea.
Chief Inspector Nick Gunatilleke warned careless motorists they were inviting opportunist thieves to target their cars.
He said: "I'd advise anyone who is out in their cars enjoying the warm weather to remember to remove all valuables from display before parking up and to lock and secure their car at all times."
Ian Lowrie, council safety team crime manager, said: "Working in partnership with police, we deploy many methods to try to reduce car crime.
"However, one main tactic is public awareness – to remind people not to leave items on display.
"Car crime thieves are opportunists – don’t make it easy for them.”
The weather may be more unsettled this week, but with the prospect of further sunny days before the holidays are officially over, drivers should be aware that by following some simple advice, they could avoid becoming a crime victim:
- Always lock and secure your car, check windows and sunroofs are closed.
- Consider purchasing a tamper-proof tax disc holder.
- Never leave anything on display in your car – paperwork, mobile phones, coats, bags and CDs can be a target for thieves. Take your belongings with you.
- Car stereos, or removable radio fascia panels, should be removed overnight as these are a popular attraction for the car thief and those handling stolen goods.
- If you have a Sat Nav, remove the system and the bracket. Clean the marks off the windscreen.
- Use a steering wheel lock every time you leave your car.
Anyone with information about car crime can contact Crimestoppers anonymously: 0800 555 111.
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