TIM DREW: How to keep your vehicle secure after increase in thefts

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Sussex Police has seen a slight increase in the number of reports regarding theft from vehicles.

The Worthing and Adur Neighbourhood Policing Team has therefore raised this as a district priority and has allocated resources to tackle it.

Meanwhile, its advice as how to best to secure your vehicle is as follows:

• Always double-check that you have locked your vehicle.

• If you have a garage, use it at every opportunity.

• If parked in a driveway, close any gates behind you and position your vehicle so that it is illuminated either by your own lights or street lighting.

• If you have to park on the road, choose well-lit areas where your vehicle will be seen by passers-by and residents. Tuck in both wing mirrors.

• Always check that the windows and sun-roof are securely locked before leaving the vehicle.

• An alarm will startle any would-be car thief. Displaying an alarm warning sticker and the alarm’s red flashing light will also deter them in the first place.

• Consider having an immobiliser fitted to your vehicle, if you do not already have one.

• Never leave valuables on display. Car radios, wallets, sat navs and mobile phones are favourite targets for a thief.

Meanwhile, a scam email is currently in circulation, fraudulently claiming to be from British Gas or the Ministry of Justice.

The attached document or link leads to the TorrentLocker ransomware.

• On Tuesday, July 21 PCSO Nicola Burstow will host her surgery between noon and 1pm at The Wave Family Centre.

On Thursday, July 23, PCSO Shauna Bowen’s surgery takes place between 11.30am and 12.30pm at Findon Library, Lime Tree Avenue.

And also on Thursday, July 23, there is a meeting of the Central Ward Neighbourhood Panel between 6.30pm and 7.45pm at the Ardington Hotel, Steyne Gardens.

On Friday, July 24, PCSO Ros Tite’s surgery will be held at the Maybridge Community Church between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

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