Motorists in Poole are being urged to make it harder for
thieves by locking their vehicles and removing any valuable items
when leaving their cars unattended.
There were 321 reported thefts from vehicles
in Poole between August and October this year, compared to 179
during the same period last year.
The number of thefts from vehicles has begun
to fall – there were 82 in October compared to 143 in September –
but this level is still higher than October 2011, when 69 thefts
Jared Parkin, Poole Neighbourhood Chief
Inspector, said: “A large number of the thefts from cars in Poole
have been as a result of drivers leaving their cars unlocked.
“It is so important that people make sure they
lock their cars, otherwise opportunist thieves will simply help
themselves to whatever is left in the car.
“Don’t make it easy for thieves. Keep your car
locked and don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.”
Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for
Public Engagement and Participation Borough of Poole and Vice Chair
of the Safer Poole Partnership Board, said: “The sharp
increase compared to last year's figures is very worrying and our
residents will be concerned.
“With most vehicles having an electronic
locking mechanism I would urge drivers not to press the
locking button a few yards from their vehicle whilst walking away,
but to check that it really has locked, as often this is not the
“With Christmas just four weeks away please
don't have it ruined by leaving your family gifts on display in the
car and some opportune thief stealing them.”