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Newbury Berkshire: Open vehicles offer opportunities for criminals

Open vehicles offer opportunities for criminals

Thames Valley Police believes that 50 per cent of the vehicle crimes committed in West Berkshire so far this month could have been prevented.
Thefts from vehicles have fallen by more than 40 per cent so far this financial year with 163 fewer offences happening between April 1 and July 20 compared to the same period in 2009.
But that figure could have fallen further if people ensured their vehicles were left secure.
Det Sgt James Humphries from Newbury CID said: “We have noticed recently that there have been a number of instances where items have been stolen from vehicles that have been left unlocked. I would say 50 per cent of our theft from vehicle crimes this month have been a result of vehicles being left insecure.
“Thieves are opportunist and leaving vehicles insecure plays right into their hands.
“We have achieved some fantastic results around vehicle crime this year but those figures could look even better if people took more care over their security.
“Please make sure your vehicle is locked and secure, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes, and never leave any valuables on display.”


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