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Warning to drivers in the Cotswolds
Drivers In The Cotswolds: Don't Leave Valuables In Your Vehicle
Police in the Cotswolds have appealed to drivers to take their valuables with them whenever they leave their vehicle in a bid to prevent more motorists becoming victims of crime.
APS Mark Godsland, Crime Reduction Officer for the Cotswold District, said: "We are doing all we can to reduce car crime and we would ask motorists to help us by adopting a common sense approach to vehicle security.
"Most car crime is opportunist and entirely preventable. If a thief cannot spot valuable items inside a vehicle they are unlikely to break in.
"If people have items in their cars which are not needed for a journey they should remove them. When leaving their vehicle they should take valuables with them and leave nothing on view.
"This applies as much to low value items, such as compact discs and loose change, as it does to very valuable items like laptop computers, digital cameras and satellite navigation systems.
"Heavy items such as laptops can be a hassle to carry around, but the inconvenience pales in comparison with having to pay to replace stolen equipment and repair vehicle damage caused by criminals."
APS Godsland advised motorists to run through a simple checklist of security measures every time they park their vehicle.
"Vehicles should always be left locked, with alarms and immobilisers set," he said.
"You should remove all valuables, including, if possible, stereos and other entertainment systems and not leave items under seats. If you are parking on the road for the night you should do so on a well-lit street.
"By taking these few simple measures motorists can significantly reduce their chances of becoming a victim of car crime."
Anyone with information about car crime is asked to call Cirencester police on 0845 090 1234, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
: 03/01/2007 12:12:23
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