Posted by Editor on 18th April 2012 at 10:13 AM
Car theft warning in Boothstown and Ellenbrook
Police are warning motorists to keep their keys somewhere safe after a spate of car thefts in recent months.
In many of the incidents, motorists have been leaving vehicles insecure or leaving car keys in hallways or porches that are not locked.
Opportunist thieves have been stealing items out of the car, or the actual car itself.
In the last five months, five cars have been taken from Boothstown, Ellenbrook and Swinton.
Fiona James, Crime Reduction Specialist for the Salford Division of Greater Manchester Police said: “Having your car stolen has a detrimental effect on your life. Not only is there a financial implication but being without a car can effect work and childcare commitments.
“The police are doing all they can to catch these callous thieves but I’d urge residents to make sure they don’t fall victim by parking in safe areas, removing valuables from your car and always locking your vehicle and keeping the keys somewhere that they cannot be taken.
“Motorists are also reminded that if their car is left insecure, they may not be covered by their insurance.”
Police are offering the following advice to motorists:
* Don't leave anything on view, even an old coat or plastic bag can be a tempting target for a thief
* Close windows and lock doors when you leave your car even if it it's only for a short time.
* When parking at home, always use your garage or drive if you have one. If not try to park in a well-lit place
* Use car parks with good security and one with the approved Park Mark sign
* Don't keep valuables or important documents in the glove box, including the vehicle log book and leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside
* Get an alarm fitted. Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing your vehicle, but also from taking items from it.
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