Is YOUR car secure? Police warning after more than 30 vehicle break-ins
PUBLISHED: 12:33 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 22 September 2017
Thieves have been targeting vans for power tools and cars for loose change in a spate of vehicle break-ins in Weston and Banwell in recent weeks.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary told the Mercury it has received reports of around 30 vans and at least seven cars being broken into in the past six weeks.
The incidents have taken place in Weston Hillside and Banwell and neighbourhood PSCO Dan Moulden said: “Vans are being broken into primarily for power tools stored inside while the cars have been targeted for any loose change or belongings left on view. Most of the cars were left insecure.
“The neighbourhood team have been carrying out extra high-visibility patrols and recently left letters containing crime prevention advice on around 114 vans parked in the area.”
Police have also issued the following crime prevention advice:
• Always make sure vehicles are locked and secured and never leave keys in the ignition.
• Don’t leave any items on display – even loose change and any items of clothing
• Don’t store anything valuable in the boot.
• Take removable stereos and Sat Nav devices with you.
• Use secure and theft resistant number plates, to make them less attractive to thieves.