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Poole motorists urged to secure their vehicles against thieves

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 were reported.

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 case.

“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.”