A spike in vehicle crime in Tring has prompted the police sergeant to issue advice to motorists in a bid to reduce the risk of them being victims to crime.
A number of thefts from cars have been reported in recent weeks, with victims taking to the town’s Everything Tring Facebook page to warn others to take care and be vigilant.
Roads targeted include the High Street, Faversham Close, Park Road and Rosebery Way.
Despite the unrest, police say they are working hard to make sure the town remains a safe place to live and work.
Sergeant Peter Huffer of the Tring Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Whilst we have seen a slight rise in vehicle crime in Tring recently, we are continuing to work hard to keep the town a safe place to live and work whilst catching and deterring offenders, which the public can help us with.”
Sergeant Huffer offered some advice to motorists in a bid to stop them becoming the thieves’ next victim.
He said: “It might sound obvious, but 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. “Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your coat pocket or bag left on the back seat, a thief may try their luck.
“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. It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it’s lost or stolen.”
The Safer Neighbourhood Team holds events including community surgeries, where local residents can speak to their local team, raise concerns and get crime prevention advice and tips.
Sergeant Huffer urged the public to call the police if they see something suspicious – either on 999 if they believe that a crime is in progress, or via non-emergency number 101.
He said: “The public are our eyes and ears and we rely on them to help us prevent crime and catch offenders.”