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Don't have a nightmare this christmas

PCSOs Peter Strangward (pictured) and Gareth Hughes patrolled the Sandfields Estate to look for vehicles which had valuables left on display – making an easy target for thieves.

They uncovered an Aladdin’s Cave in some cars, with Christmas shopping, sat navs and CD players all left on display.

Drivers were given crime prevention advice, while the details of unattended vehicles were taken which will result in a letter being sent to the owner.

PCSO Strangward said: “We want to raise awareness of this issue and make motorists aware of the attraction of these items being left on show to thieves. This is especially important at this time of the year with Christmas fast approaching.”

Earlier this week, South Wales Police released a video to show the consequences of leaving valuables on display. The video can be viewed by using the following link – http://youtu.be/iaRkCd4f8qk

As part of this year’s Christmas crime prevention campaign, the force is issuing the following advice to prevent theft from cars:

Vehicle Crime

1. Keep items out of view. Remove items from your vehicle whenever you leave it unattended. Even items such as loose change or a coat can tempt a thief.

2. Don’t leave any shopping bags or presents on view within your vehicle. Where possible, take them with you. If not, then keep them locked away, out of sight, in the boot of your vehicle.

3. Lock all doors and windows. Most insurance companies will not cover thefts if the vehicle was not locked.

4. Use your alarm or immobiliser, or, use an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock.

5. Fit an anti-theft device for audio equipment. If your stereo is fitted with a ‘faceoff’ then this should be removed from the vehicle.

6. Keep your sat nav safe. Remove satellite navigation devices and their holders, as well as the marks the holders often leave behind on windscreens. Don’t leave your satellite navigation device in the glove compartment or under the seat – take it with you.

7. Mark your satellite navigation equipment with your postcode and house number or your vehicle registration number, using special security markers. You can also register it for free on the national property database, www.immobilise.com

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