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Message From The Police About Car Crime

Dear Residents

There has been an increase in vehicle crime with in the area, West Midlands Police are working hard to prevent this.

There has been several sighting of a vehicle in Knowle and Balsall Common area where the occupants have been disturbed trying car and van doors. The vehicle is a Dark Grey possibly Black FORD C-MAX showing registration BN11 FJX this may have been changed . Please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to WEST MIDLANDS POLICE on 101 or if an Emergency 999.

General vehicle security

  • If your car doesn’t have one, fit a Thatcham approved alarm and use it.
  • All new cars are fitted with electronic immobilisers but if your car is over four years old, consider having an approved immobiliser professionally fitted.
  • If your car does not have them, fit a locking petrol cap and locking wheel nuts.
  • Buy an approved steering lock and use it every time you leave the car.
  • Have car windows security etched.
  • Security mark all valuables in the car, such as radios and sat nav systems, using a marking solution and keep the security code for your car stereo in a safe place.
  • Consider fitting an approved vehicle tracking device.
  • Lock all windows, doors and the sunroof whenever you leave the vehicle, even for just a few minutes.
  • Never leave keys in the ignition — even for just a few seconds or to heat the car up in winter.
  • Remove all valuables — never leave anything on display.

Theft from vans

The advice above is all still relevant when driving vans. Although, when your whole livelihood is in one vehicle, it is even more important to think: prevent, secure and recover.

Prevent

Always aim to park in busy, well lit areas and reverse into parking spaces against a wall or solid object, making the back of your vehicle inaccessible to potential thieves.

Always remove items from view and whenever possible, remove tools, stock and other equipment from the van, especially when leaving it overnight.

Secure

Visible security features can be a strong deterrent, so consider steering or handbrake locks, mesh grilles on load-bay windows and bulkhead to divide the load area from the cab and even consider pedal boxes.

Always use a garage or secure car park if they are available to you.

Recover

Security mark your tools and any other high value property by using products such as DNA property marking and UV pens and etch with your company name.

Consider security etching your van’s windows with the vehicle’s identification number.

for further information please visit our website by clicking here http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/advice-centre/crime-reduction/vehicle-security/index.aspx

Rurals Neighbourhood Team

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