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Purbeck Police issue vehicle advice in drive for crime-free summer

Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Purbeck are offering motorists advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of car crime.

During 2010, vehicle crime across Purbeck was down nearly 44 per cent – the equivalent of 88 crimes – compared to 2009.

Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Jon Wasey said: “Although we have seen a reduction in vehicle offences, we must keep pushing the message that it is vital not to leave anything of value in your vehicle.

“Leaving valuables in a parked vehicle can make it more attractive to criminals. Therefore, take everything with you when you leave your vehicle unattended and leave the glove box open so that any would-be thief will see that there is nothing to steal.

“If you have a Sat Nav, rub off the sucker mark and remember to lock your car and close all windows and sunroofs.”

Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been patrolling car parks and putting up posters in prominent sites, reminding motorists to remove their valuables and secure their vehicles. This will continue throughout the summer.

Sergeant Wasey continued: “I want to reassure people that Purbeck is a safe place to live, work and visit, and the chances of becoming a victim of crime are low. However, the risk can be further reduced by following this simple advice.”

 “We are also relying on residents to be extra vigilant.

“If you see someone acting suspiciously then contact the police immediately. Please try and note the registration number, colour and type of any relevant vehicle, and get a description of the people involved, particularly if they have any unusual features such as tattoos, piercings or clothing. Your vigilance will help to trace such individuals or vehicles.”