With your help, we can tackle the burglary, car crime and criminal damage that you know about only too well to make your community a safer and more pleasant place to live. If you see or hear anything unusual or suspicious please contact Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The information that you supply may help to prevent and detect a crime.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAR – AND ITS CONTENTS, SAFE
A moment is all it takes for a thief to steal your car - or something in it. Top tips to beat thieves:
If there is nothing left in your car then there is nothing for the criminal to take. Even a packet of mints or some loose change might tempt a thief. Just think how much inconvenience would be caused by having your car window broken!
Criminals target filling stations, the school run and other places where drivers are tempted to leave cars with the keys in the ignition.
At home, find somewhere safe to store your car keys that is out of sight and away from doors and windows. Remember that thieves can ‘fish’ car keys out through letter boxes or cat flaps.
Fit a detachable radio or radio with detachable fascia and remember to take it with you.
If you are lucky enough to have a garage then use it. Most garages are filled with junk and the most valuable item – the car - is left outside on the road!
If you leave your driving documents in the vehicle, a thief will have all he needs to sell it!
If you are parking in town, choose a car park that has the PARK MARK accreditation. This means that it meets Police specification and is a much safer place to leave your car.
Remember – CHECK that you have parked in a safe place ..REMOVE everything from inside and take it with you……SECURE your vehicle, shutting windows, locking the door and setting the alarm.
Satellite navigations systems continue to be very sought after by car criminals in the county. We are again reminding people to remove these devices from their vehicles every time they leave it – and never be tempted to put it in the boot or glove box as you never know who might be watching. And don’t forget to wipe away the telltale rubber sticker marks from your windscreen!
If a criminal can remove a sat nav, so can the owner and the secret to preventing this crime is to remove it before the thief gets the chance.
Crimestoppers enables people to get information passed to the police without revealing their identity. It doesn’t matter why they wish to remain anonymous. All information is valuable and can lead directly to offenders being arrested and charged. Nationally, 17 people are arrested and charged every day, and 1 person every 8 days is arrested for murder, thanks to callers to Crimestoppers.