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Motorists warned - Don't leave valuables in your car

People visiting Dorset’s beauty spots are being warned to remove all valuables from their vehicles – to prevent them from becoming a victim of car crime.

In Dorset, thefts from vehicles tend to increase during the spring and summer months as a result of the increase in visitors to the county and the change in weather.

Evenings are becoming lighter and people are taking advantage of this by visiting beauty spots all over Dorset.

Crime Prevention and Design Advisor for Dorset Police, Debbie Oldfield, said: “Unfortunately, people are still taking risks when leaving their vehicles unattended.

“Many vehicles are seen with valuables on display or windows left open. This is an open invitation for thieves. If a thief sees, or even thinks there is something of value in your car, they will try their luck.

“The best advice is not to leave anything in your car. Leave it at home, or take it with you.”

More crime prevention advice can be found on our interactive Crime Prevention Portal on the Dorset Police website.

The Crime Prevention Portal aims to provide easy to digest crime prevention advice for the public to follow to reduce their chances of becoming victims of crime.

You can access the Crime Prevention Portal by following this link

Download our Beauty Spot Crime Prevention Advice Sheet (260kb PDF)

Issued: 30 April 2013