HOW CORRIE COULD SAVE YOUR CAR
Cop’s tip to stop your motor being nicked
CORONATION Street can save your car from thieves, a police chief has said.
An Evening Express investigation found Aberdeen residents leave one in four vehicles unlocked – and some are leaving their front doors open and car keys by the door. After sending out officers to check car doors in recent days, police bosses are now urging people to do their bit – particularly as the clocks go back tomorrow, bringing darker nights that allow criminals to operate in the shadows. “We do have a particular problem with people leaving their vehicles and homes unlocked, which is an open invitation for thieves,” said Inspector Dave Cowie, who oversees the West End and Hazlehead Community Policing Team. He added: “A lot of the time, it is about encouraging people to get into a routine of checking things are locked up at a particular time of night, such as after people have finished watching their favourite TV show, like Coronation Street or Eastenders. We want people who have just finished watching their favourite soap to think; ‘Have I made sure everything is locked? Is the car locked and the alarm on? Is the front door locked? Are the car keys away from the front door? “If people have nightly routines, such as watching Coronation Street, it helps to incorporate that security check into that routine. Coronation Street could save your car.” In May, the Evening Express joined police in Cults and Westhill as they tried to open car doors. The operation came after four vehicles worth a total of more than £100,000 were stolen in the north-east in just one night – and three of them had been left unlocked. At the first property officers tried during the operation, two cars worth a total of £90,000 were left unlocked – and the keys were within easy reach behind the unlocked door. Police then knocked on the door to share crime prevention advice with residents. During the operation, officers opened 23 of 92 car doors with ease – and also opened 10 unlocked front doors. Insp Cowie said: “Just a few simple steps can keep your property and vehicles safe. “If you watch Coronation Street or another show in the evening, get into the habit of getting up at the end of it and checking everything is secure. It can make all the difference. “We are sharing this advice now because, with the clocks going back tonight, nights are darker and the dark provides more cover for criminals.” He also encouraged residents to consider using light timers, to lock away all garden tools, use outside security lights, use good quality locks on sheds and to make a note of serial numbers of property. Meanwhile, police launched an appeal after a white Citroends3 car was stolen from Park Street in Aberdeen. The vehicle, with the registration X13 FSR, was taken between 4pm on Thursday and 8.20am yesterday. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference number CF0263561018.
Police found many people in had left their car doors unlocked
Police checking cars in Westhill to see if they are locked