No matter where you park make sure you don’t leave anything of value on display or in the car. Last night (Wed 11th June) one of our Students’ Union staff members had their car broken into on Spring Lane, Canterbury, sometime between 5:30pm and 9pm.
Thieves put a brick through the window and whilst luckily there was nothing of great value in the car, costs of replacing the window and the inconvenience make this a very frustating experience.
Whilst it’s impossible to avoid being a victim of crime there are some things you can do to minimise the risk.
The most common items stolen from cars are:
- Stereos / CD players
- Mobile phones
- Sat Navs
- Handbags and briefcases
- Credit cards
- Vehicle documents
Phone charger cables and sat nav cradles / cables are all clues there may be valuable items in your car. Thieves know where to look, glove box or under the seat! Desperate thieves may also break in to your car for any loose change.
When you leave your car have a routine of walking around the outside and looking in. Can you see anything of value? Move coats and bags to the boot and cables etc out of view in to the glove box wiping any tell tale marks left by any sat nav or phone cradles.
The following guidelines should help prevent you and your vehicle from becoming a victim.
- Never leave possessions in your vehicle. If you must, lock them in the boot. Always take personal correspondence, cash, credit or debit cards with you. Never leave any documentation pertaining to the vehicle, service record, registration document etc.
- No matter how briefly you are going to be away from your car, you must remember to lock all doors, close the sunroof and secure the boot.
- Always fit and set security devices.
- Remember to always remove the ignition key when you park, even if your car is on the drive or when you are filling up with fuel at a garage.
- Don’t forget to remove mobile phones and detachable radio cassette players, if fitted. Take note of the model and serial numbers of these items and property mark them.
- Consider having your windows and headlamps security etched.
- When driving, keep all all valuables out of site or locked in the boot.
- When parking away from home try to use a supervised car park. Ensure that the area is well lit and that access is safe, as you may be returning to your vehicle in darkness.
If you have experienced a break in or theft please report it the police by calling 101.