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Warning Following Thefts from Motor Vehicles in Stockton

Alert message sent 07/05/2019 13:17:00

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Warning Following Thefts from Motor Vehicles in Stockton
Police are issuing a warning after spates of thefts from motor vehicles have occurred in the Grangefield, Hartburn and Newtown areas of Stockton in the last 24 hours.
Ten vehicles have been targeted (including some taxis) and dash cams are amongst some of the items stolen.
Officers are warning all drivers to be vigilant and to ensure the below crime prevention tips are followed in a bid to prevent further thefts:
  • 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.
  • Remove all signs of Sat Nav in the car. e.g. craddle and sucktion marks on windscreen.
  • 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 entertainment systems, 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.
  • In the cold weather DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended to defrost with the engine running. If your vehicle is stolen your insurance may be invalid. Leaving a vehicle unattended with an engine running is also an offence.
    Any witnesses or anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.
    Crimestoppers anonymously can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or
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Adrienne Maddison (Police, Corporate, Communications Unit)

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