Police officers in the Pocklington and Market Weighton area are warning residents to take some simple steps to improve vehicle security.
Theft from cars and vans is quite a common crime.
Listed below are some simple security measures that can be taken to help protect you and your livelihood:
l Keep your car keys safe and out of sight, don’t leave them near an open window and if you are work, then ensure that you keep your keys with you at all times (don’t leave them in your vehicle/van).
l Never hang your keys near to doors where they could be taken through a letterbox.
l Never leave your house or car keys in an obvious place like a handbag or key cupboard.
l If you’ve got a garage, use it and lock it!
l Always keep your vehicle’s windows closed and the car locked at all times.
l If your car/van doesn’t have an alarm/immobiliser then consider getting one fitted.
l Consider extra security such as a steering wheel lock. (Steering locks and gear level locks are often all that is needed to deter a thief as they simply don’t want the hassle of breaking in and trying to get them undone.)
l Never leave any property or personal documentation in your car or van on display, ie on car seats, in the footwells or half hidden under a seat as it only takes criminals seconds to smash a window and grab something.
l If you use a satnav or a dash camera, make sure you not only remove the device from view but also its cradle and don’t forget to wipe away any tell-tale sucker marks on the windscreen too.
l If you own a van and are able to so, then make sure that all stock and tools are removed overnight, consider parking it so that the rear and side doors are tight to walls, garage doors or other vehicles to hinder direct access and any physical attacks.
l Security mark all your tools and equipment to make items uniquely identifiable and less attractive to a thief. You can also register them on www.immobilise.com so that if they were ever stolen and then recovered at a later date they can easily be traced back to their owner.
l Catalytic converter theft is on the increase too – mark yours to deter thieves
A police spokesman said: “It is clear that offenders are looking at locations and vehicles prior to coming back to commit the crimes. This could simply be someone looking around an area during the day, someone pretending to do door to door sales, someone coming to your home on another pretext or it could be that you keep seeing a suspicious vehicle driving around.
“If you have any concerns or want to report a suspicious vehicle then contact us by calling the Non Emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency, or if a crime is occurring.”
PCSO Laura Hudson will be at Market Weighton Methodist Church coffee morning on Wednesday 28 March and Wednesday 25 April (11am to noon) and Wetwang Village Hall on Tuesday 24 April (10.30am to noon) to discuss community issues and offer crime prevention advice.