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Drivers Warned About Car Security
Tuesday 27th October, 2009

Drivers Warned About Car Security
A criminal targeting a sat nav.

Police in Wigan are reminding motorists to always secure their vehicles when leaving them unattended.

There have been 13 offences since Sunday 18 October where items were stolen from vehicles, and six of these involved cars that were left insecure.

Sergeant Stephen Hanley of the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It is very frustrating to learn that around half these crimes could have been prevented by motorists locking all car doors and closing all windows.

“Criminals are opportunist, and can remove items from vehicles within a matter of seconds if they’re left insecure. I would also advise motorists not to leave sat navs or any other valuables in their vehicles, as they are easy for criminals to spot and steal.

"Motorists should also remove the sat nav support cradle and make sure they wipe away any suction marks left on the windscreen or dashboard, as thieves will look out for these.”

Other crime prevention tips include marking valuables with your postcode and vehicle registration number, and writing down the make, model and serial number of any items likely to tempt thieves.

To report vehicle crime or names of those involved, call police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To contact the Wigan Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0161 856 7124 or email wigan.apt@gmp.police.uk

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