Motorists told to protect belongings
POLICE IN Buckinghamshire are warning motorists to check their cars before leaving them as Thames Valley has a relatively high rate of thefts from vehicles.
With 310 thefts from a vehicle for every 100,000 residents, or 7,172 cases in 2016/17, Thames Valley police force area was one of the riskier places for belongings going missing during this period.
However, the number of thefts has decreased compared to the previous fi- nancial year, when there were 388 thefts from a vehicle for every 100,000 people living in the area, or 8,981 in total.
Police have provided some tips to avoid thefts from cars and other motor vehicles.
The best way to protect your belongings, they suggest, is to minimise the availability of property, keep them away out of sight and lock your car whenever you leave it.
They recommend to not store things in the boot and say it is also worth removing everything from the car, such as removable stereos and satnav equipment and to not even leave a jacket where it can be seen.
In 2016/2017, there were 189,642 thefts from a vehicle, 333 for every 100,000 residents in England and Wales.
However, the number decreased compared to 2015/2016 when there were 238,842 thefts, the equivalent of 420 for every 100,000 residents.
West Yorkshire saw the highest rate of thefts from vehicles per person with 518 cases for every 100,000 people living in the area.
West Midlands followed with the second highest rate – 14,341 cases or 515 for every 100,000 people living in the region.
Dyfed-Powys, Wales, recorded the lowest rate. There was only the equivalent of 84 thefts from a vehicle for every 100,000 people, or 436 in total.