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Securing vehicles

Torquay Inspector Ian Stevens said: “We have seen an increase in the number of vehicle offences committed in and around the Torbay area. 

“Whilst there is no geographical pattern, a common trend is that valuable items have been left on show which have then attracted an opportunist criminal. The advice has long been that valuable items need to be stored away and out of view and this is an ideal opportunity to refresh this message. 

“Sat Nav’s should not be left in situ when vehicles are parked and unattended, bags and cases should be stored in the boot along with any other valuable articles. 

“Even the hand full of change left in the car for those parking machine needs to be left in the glove box as there have been offences committed where this is all that has been taken.

“Losing valuable items from the car is one thing, the subsequent possible insurance claim and repairing any damage can compound the whole experience. By taking a few minutes to secure your property you can make life more difficult for an opportunist criminal.”

Further information on securing your vehicle can be found on our website:

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