Mo­torists told to pro­tect be­long­ings

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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