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Valuables in cars
« on: April 15, 2005, 08:08:21 am »
Herts constabulary has mailed this site with the following warning. It's fairly obvious, but the fact that they have published a fresh warning could mean there has been a recent spate of thefts. Worth noting anyway. Here is the police news release ...

KEEP VALUABLES SAFE THIS SPRING
By Susie ODea


POLICE have issued a warning to drivers to remove valuables from their vehicles before visiting beauty spots around Hertfordshire this spring.

Superintendent Julia Wortley said: “With spring approaching and the weather improving we see more and more people visiting the many rural attractions in Hertfordshire. We are urging people to ensure all valuables are removed when they leave their cars. Car thieves don’t just concentrate on busy town centres - they also travel around and look for opportunities to steal property from rural locations.

“Whenever you leave your car unattended, please ensure all valuables are removed from it. It is no longer sufficient to put your brief case or laptop in the boot or to hide your handbag under the seat. Offenders will search your car, including the boot, to find property.

“The safest way to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of crime is to remove all valuables from your vehicle.”
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Re: Valuables in cars
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2005, 02:52:35 pm »
Another warning from Hertfordshire police, emailed to this site and other news outlets in the county. Apparently the problem is getting worse.

August 8, 2005

OPERATION RAT TRAP UPDATE - Welwyn Hatfield
By Corporate Communication Dept


If you have to leave items in your car boot – make sure you hide them before you reach your destination, warn Hertfordshire Constabulary.

It is a recognised ploy of car crime rats to sit in locations and watch as members of the public park up. If you are spotted concealing a bag in your boot, then you are likely to be the next target.

Detective Inspector Mark Gee said: “One of the main targets of offenders are laptop computers.

“Don’t leave them in your vehicle – not only might a car crime rat be watching, there is also a possibility that signals coming from laptops can be detected by specialist equipment. This applies regardless of whether the laptop is left on or not.

“Also avoid coming back to your car in the middle of a shopping spree to dump bags – all that money you spent might just go down the drain. Keep aware at all times.”

Anyone who knows who may be committing car crime in the area should contact the Operation Rat Trap team on 01727 796066 or you can call Herts Constabulary’s non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Remember the simple Rat Trap Rules: Park in a safe, well-lit place as far as possible; Leave nothing on display and Lock it and check it.”
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