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Crime prevention advice issued following thefts from vehicles in Winchester

Press release   •   May 17, 2019 14:39 BST

Lock it or lose it – that’s the simple message officers in Winchester want people to remember following a spate of thefts from vehicles.

Between May 7 and May 12, we received 25 reports of thefts from vehicles in Winchester and other areas, including Alresford and Micheldever.

In one incident, keys and an ID card were stolen from a car that was parked in Barfield Close, Winchester, on the night of Sunday 12 May.

Officers from Winchester’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out patrols and are looking to see if the incidents are linked.

But they are also keen for car owners to do all they can to protect their property.

Inspector Jon Turton said: “In some of these cases, cars have been left unlocked overnight or items have been left out on display.

“Thieves are opportunistic – if they see something on a car seat, the chances are they will try and take it. If the car is unlocked as well, it makes their job easier.

“Our advice is to always lock your car when park it. Try the handle afterwards to make sure it is locked.

“We also advise not to leave anything in the car that’s valuable – if it’s not there, then it can’t be stolen. Make sure nothing is left out on display.”

If you have any information about thefts from vehicles, including any suspicious activity that you have noticed, please call us on 101. If a crime is ongoing, please dial 999.

Advice

We would like to remind people of the following crime prevention advice:

  • Always lock your vehicle – even if you are just leaving it for a moment
  • Close the windows and sun roof when parking your car
  • Secure number plates with tamper-resistant screws
  • Take items such as phones, coins and sunglasses with you when you leave your car parked
  • Hide electrical items and rub away suction marks from sat navs – don’t give thieves any clues
  • Park in well-lit areas

For more tips, visit: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound/