Warning after more than 50 vehicle crimes are committed in less than a month
PUBLISHED: 12:08 28 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:41 28 March 2019
Officers are urging motorists to be vigilant after a surge in the number of reported vehicle crimes.
Between March 1 and 25, more than 50 vehicle crimes across the Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Southwold and Halesworth areas were reported to police.
These included 31 thefts from vehicles, 23 incidents involving interference with vehicles and seven thefts of vehicles.
Some incidents saw items such as cash, wallets and bank cards stolen, although in 21 cases nothing was taken.
During the same period, there were also five motorbike thefts in east Suffolk.
Police are now encouraging motorists to lock their cars and remove all valuables, no matter whether they park on or off the road. They are also reminding members of the public that thieves will enter private properties, public car parks and garages to look for insecure vehicles.
Officers have issued the following warnings and advice:
• Most thefts from vehicles are opportunist
• Do not leave valuables on display
• Park in well lit places
• Always lock all doors & shut windows, physically checking vehicle doors are locked
• Keep your keys safe and away from doors and windows
• Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.
• Register belongings for free via immobilise.com by taking note of serial numbers and models
• Use ultraviolet pen to mark belongings, increasing the chance of having them returned when stolen
Owners of motorcycles should consider
• Use of a motorcycle chain/cable and secure your machine to an immovable object. Choose a Police Approved ‘Sold Secure’ gold standard product
• A quality alarm/immobiliser system fitted by a trained technician
• Leaving your machine in locations which benefit from high footfall and good lighting
Anyone who witnessed or has information relating to vehicle crime is urged to contact Suffolk police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101. Alternatively, you can contact the charity Crimestopppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
• Information on police approved products can be found on Secured by Design.