IF you have a garage, please park your car in it – that’s the plea from Neighbourhood Watch police across the area.
“Many people with garages use them for storage. Clear them out and use them for the purpose for which they were built,” said a police spokesman.
“This will keep your cars out of the sight of the preying eyes of thieves.”
Other tips for owners include:
Do not leave your car keys in an obvious place. Make it as hard as possible for the would-be thief. At night time take your car keys to bed with you.
Consider fitting an electric garage door. This is an added incentive to use the garage. Many people just cannot be bothered getting out of their cars, and unlocking the garage, especially in bad weather.
If you have to park your car in the driveway consider fitting substantial gates or security posts.
It is a fact that new cars have very sophisticated locks, immobilisers and other security devices and the only way to start the vehicle is to have the key.
Thieves are selecting cars they want to steal from outside houses. They will look for any opportunity to steal keys that are left hanging up in the kitchen or hallway or left on the table – and will actually target them. It is therefore vital that householders do hide the keys from view.
Householders also need to make sure that they take other simple crime prevention measures to ensure that they don’t become victims of sneak-in thieves or burglary, such as remembering not to leave doors and windows unlocked.