Lock up your cars, warn police

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Motorists are being reminded to lock their cars and not leave valuables on display after a string of thefts.

Officers have issued the advice following four thefts from vehicles in the areas of Denbigh Close, Evergreen Walk and Caister Close in Hemel Hempstead, between Sunday and Wednesday this week. In two of the cases the vehicles were left unlocked.

Items stolen include CDs, travel documents, money, bags, sunglasses, a hands free kit and a Blue Badge.

Det Insp Justine Jenkins said: “These incidents are a reminder to all of us to make sure that, where possible, belongings of value are removed from vehicles overnight. It is also vitally important to lock your vehicle when you leave it.

“I’d ask people to be aware of this type of incident and look out for anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles in your area.

“If you do have any information which could assist our investigation, please contact the Local Crime Unit via the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively if you believe a crime is in progress call police immediately via 999.”

Drivers are urged to follow these simple tips to prevent them from becoming a victim of car crime:

> Make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended.

> Remove your Sat Nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a Sat Nav is stored in your vehicle.

> Never leave any valuables in your vehicle – not even in the glove-box or boot - and keep all other possessions out of sight.

> Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them.

> Register your stereo, laptop, Sat Nav and any other property on the free online property database www.immobilise.com. It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it’s lost or stolen.

> Look out for car parks with a Park Mark Safer Parking sign which have recognised levels of security.

> If you have a garage at home, make sure you use it and lock it properly.