Police provide crime advice after motor vehicle crime increases in Mayfield Ward
Local Mayfield police have issued a warning after a rise in vehicle crime in the ward please be vigilant:
We have noticed there has been an increase in Theft of motor vehicle crime across the Ward recently, please ensure you secure your vehicles and remain vigilant. I have included some useful crime prevention tips in this e-mail, for further advice please visit www.met.police.uk
- Fit theft resistant number plate fittings – stolen number plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles. Use one way clutch head screws and adhesive to secure the plate.
- When out and about - try to park your vehicle in a Park Mark approved car park which has an approved security standard, or if not, park in an area that is overlooked and well lit
- Thieves are using sophisticated methods to steal vehicles with electronic keys - a scanner is used to locate the signal from the key. To prevent this, always keep the electronic key in a security pouch when not in use.
- Fitting locking wheel nuts will reduce the likelihood of wheels and tyres being stolen.
Cars and vans
- Leaving items on show is an invitation – power leads, satnav’s and mounts, stereo front panels, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing and bags should be removed from the vehicle or placed out of sight.
- Keys and ignition fobs should kept safe and out of sight and reach – the most common ways to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home through burglary. Try not to keep your keys in an obvious place such as the hallway or kitchen.
- Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended – on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking an unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from.
- Fit an alarm or immobiliser if your vehicle does not have one.
- Set the steering wheel lock if your vehicle is fitted with one. If not, use a bar type steering lock each time you leave your vehicle.
- Also consider using a gear stick lock.
Motorcycles and mopeds
- Keep your motorcycle or moped in a garage, shed or designated bike store at home – storing it out of view is one of the best ways to prevent opportunist theft. Consider fitting a garage or shed alarm.
- Fit an alarm, immobiliser, preferably with tracking capability and property mark any panels – alarms act as a deterrent. Tracking devices and property marking assist in recovery should your motorcycle or moped be stolen.
- Lock the rear wheel to an immovable object or ground anchor and use a disk lock on the front wheel – making the vehicle
less of any easy option will reduce the chances of it being targeted. Combine the use of a disk lock on the front wheel and a chain lock to a ground
- Don’t rely on the steering lock – standard steering locks are easily defeated and your bike can always be lifted into a van if not secured.
- Use a bike cover – covers are another hassle for an opportunist thief, if they cannot see what moped or motorcycle it is they are less likely to target it.