Lock it or lose it, police warn after huge rise in car crime

Lock it or lose it, police warn after huge rise in car crime

Lock it or lose it, police warn after huge rise in car crime

First published in News

A HUGE rise in thefts from cars has left police urging motorists to ensure vehicles are made secure.

Drivers are being urged to make it harder for thieves by locking vehicles and removing any valuable items before leaving cars unattended.

There were 321 reported thefts from vehicles in Poole between August and October this year, compared with 179 during the same period last year.

In Bournemouth there were a total of 390 thefts from vehicles during the three months, up 20.7 per cent from 323 in the same period in 2011.

Jared Parkin, Poole Neighbourhood Chief Inspector said: “A large number of the thefts from cars in Poole have been as a result of drivers leaving their cars unlocked.

“It is so important that people make sure they lock their cars, otherwise opportunist thieves will simply help themselves to whatever is left in the car.

“Don’t make it easy for thieves. Keep your car locked and don’t leave valuables in your vehicle,” he said.

Cllr Judy Butt, cabinet portfolio holder for public engagement and participation, Borough of Poole and vice-chairman of the Safer Poole Partnership Board said: “The sharp increase compared to last year’s figures is very worrying and our residents will be concerned.

“With most vehicles having an electronic locking mechanism I would urge drivers not to press the locking button a few yards from their vehicle whilst walking away, but to check that it really has locked, as often this is not the case.

“With Christmas just weeks away please don’t have it ruined by leaving your family gifts on display in the car and some opportune thief stealing them.”

Andrew Howard, head of road safety at the AA, said: “The advice is to make sure your car does lock properly before you leave it and make sure you never leave anything on display.”

He said many cars acknowledged they had been locked by flashing their lights and it was sensible never to leave anything on view that looked as if it could be valuable, even if it was not.

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9:01am Thu 6 Dec 12

mysticalshoelace says...

My car was broken in to recently, I don't leave valuables in my car, in fact I don't leave anything in my car. It would have been better if I had left the car unlocked as then the thief wouldn't have broken the locks to get in and I wouldn't have a repair bill.
My car was broken in to recently, I don't leave valuables in my car, in fact I don't leave anything in my car. It would have been better if I had left the car unlocked as then the thief wouldn't have broken the locks to get in and I wouldn't have a repair bill. mysticalshoelace
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9:30am Thu 6 Dec 12

nobull says...

What is the point of locking your car if the *astards are gonna use the method depicted in your wonderful photo?
What is the point of locking your car if the *astards are gonna use the method depicted in your wonderful photo? nobull
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9:41am Thu 6 Dec 12

scrumpyjack says...

It's not the only huge rise in numbers of late.
It's not the only huge rise in numbers of late. scrumpyjack
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9:55am Thu 6 Dec 12

Hammy1 says...

Your car doesn't have to be locked to have it broken into. A few years ago I left my car on my driveway and forgot to lock it the idiots still smashed the window to get in there was nothing in there but all they had to do was open the door so I still got repair bill.
Your car doesn't have to be locked to have it broken into. A few years ago I left my car on my driveway and forgot to lock it the idiots still smashed the window to get in there was nothing in there but all they had to do was open the door so I still got repair bill. Hammy1
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10:00am Thu 6 Dec 12

Angry_of_Merley says...

I guess leaving your car unlocked though could affect any insurance claim if stolen/damaged??
I guess leaving your car unlocked though could affect any insurance claim if stolen/damaged?? Angry_of_Merley
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10:24am Thu 6 Dec 12

thepooleboy says...

Don't forget that some thieves can 'block' your central locking signal using jammers - so get in the habit of actually testing your door before you leave your car - it only takes half a second to check.

You won't stop someone getting in your car who really wants to get in there - but why make it easy?

Also another good tip is to leave your glovebox open showing there's nothing in there - many potential thieves will 'assume' you've got a SatNav or potential valuables in there if they can't see for themselves.
Don't forget that some thieves can 'block' your central locking signal using jammers - so get in the habit of actually testing your door before you leave your car - it only takes half a second to check. You won't stop someone getting in your car who really wants to get in there - but why make it easy? Also another good tip is to leave your glovebox open showing there's nothing in there - many potential thieves will 'assume' you've got a SatNav or potential valuables in there if they can't see for themselves. thepooleboy
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10:37am Thu 6 Dec 12

speedy231278 says...

Perhaps if we were to be getting more Police officers on the streets rather than less, thieves would be less likely to attack?
Perhaps if we were to be getting more Police officers on the streets rather than less, thieves would be less likely to attack? speedy231278
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11:31am Thu 6 Dec 12

hadvar says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Perhaps if we were to be getting more Police officers on the streets rather than less, thieves would be less likely to attack?
Yes. Perhaps we could have a high profile, anti car crime campaign. "No excuses for nicking stuff from people's cars" for example. Strange why this sort of thing doesn't happen, and the only 'high profile campaign' where thousands are spent on signs etc, and whole towns are 'surrounded' by policemen and women seems to be the road safety one. Why, I wonder.....
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if we were to be getting more Police officers on the streets rather than less, thieves would be less likely to attack?[/p][/quote]Yes. Perhaps we could have a high profile, anti car crime campaign. "No excuses for nicking stuff from people's cars" for example. Strange why this sort of thing doesn't happen, and the only 'high profile campaign' where thousands are spent on signs etc, and whole towns are 'surrounded' by policemen and women seems to be the road safety one. Why, I wonder..... hadvar
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12:21pm Thu 6 Dec 12

The Renegade Master says...

It's time this country punished thieves in the same manner they do in Saudi Arabia. The scum bag robbers would soon think twice if they knew they'd have their hands lopped off if caught.
It's time this country punished thieves in the same manner they do in Saudi Arabia. The scum bag robbers would soon think twice if they knew they'd have their hands lopped off if caught. The Renegade Master
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12:31pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Javier Prigmoretti says...

my idea is this....cheap idea that use is work. you can put toilet paper on seat, make dirty with brown. sometimes the chocolate or the mud. bad man would not like to touch!
my idea is this....cheap idea that use is work. you can put toilet paper on seat, make dirty with brown. sometimes the chocolate or the mud. bad man would not like to touch! Javier Prigmoretti
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12:36pm Thu 6 Dec 12

John T says...

The new Police Commissioner, Martyn Underhill from Poole, should make 'No Excuses for NickKing' one of his priorities.
A large proportion of this huge increased rate of thefts in Poole is probably down to just a few individuals.
Perhaps the Echo's investigative reporters could find out the precise incidence of these thefts and reveal the pattern that is emerging.
The new Police Commissioner, Martyn Underhill from Poole, should make 'No Excuses for NickKing' one of his priorities. A large proportion of this huge increased rate of thefts in Poole is probably down to just a few individuals. Perhaps the Echo's investigative reporters could find out the precise incidence of these thefts and reveal the pattern that is emerging. John T
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12:36pm Thu 6 Dec 12

jeebuscripes says...

Javier,

nice idea, also smear dog mess all over the door handles.

Who's laughing now?
Javier, nice idea, also smear dog mess all over the door handles. Who's laughing now? jeebuscripes
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1:15pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Humf says...

I'm surprised there is no comment from the PCC promising to "come down hard" on these toe-rags, perhaps he's got a day off picking his new car.

Or bored with the job already ?!
I'm surprised there is no comment from the PCC promising to "come down hard" on these toe-rags, perhaps he's got a day off picking his new car. Or bored with the job already ?! Humf
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1:36pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Pablo23 says...

The police could put booby trapped entrapment cars at random places.

Thieves would think twice if they thought they might get electrocuted, gassed or shot by an automatic tranquilizer dart the moment they broke into a car.
The police could put booby trapped entrapment cars at random places. Thieves would think twice if they thought they might get electrocuted, gassed or shot by an automatic tranquilizer dart the moment they broke into a car. Pablo23
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2:20pm Thu 6 Dec 12

speedy231278 says...

You'd get nicked. There was once a bloke got so fed up with people trying to break into his car that he attached a voltage inverter to the battery, and electrified the doors (gawd knows how he didn't blow up the engine management system). Some would-be robber complained to the cops that they'd be zapped by the car and bloke was dragged up before the beak for having a dangerous vehicle!
You'd get nicked. There was once a bloke got so fed up with people trying to break into his car that he attached a voltage inverter to the battery, and electrified the doors (gawd knows how he didn't blow up the engine management system). Some would-be robber complained to the cops that they'd be zapped by the car and bloke was dragged up before the beak for having a dangerous vehicle! speedy231278
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2:26pm Thu 6 Dec 12

EscapefromBournemouth says...

I remember last Christmas, it was so tragic for us. We had been shopping in Poole and left the mother-in-law in the car as she was so exhausted from talking! When we got back to the car I could see the rear offside window had been smashed and my mother-in-law had gone! I looked around and a huge struggle ensued as I made a grab for my wife's mobile phone as she tried to call 999 to report it. The window cost me my £60 excess but it was the best Christmas ever. Remember what may be of no value to you will be of value to someone else!
I remember last Christmas, it was so tragic for us. We had been shopping in Poole and left the mother-in-law in the car as she was so exhausted from talking! When we got back to the car I could see the rear offside window had been smashed and my mother-in-law had gone! I looked around and a huge struggle ensued as I made a grab for my wife's mobile phone as she tried to call 999 to report it. The window cost me my £60 excess but it was the best Christmas ever. Remember what may be of no value to you will be of value to someone else! EscapefromBournemouth
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2:36pm Thu 6 Dec 12

hadvar says...

EscapefromBournemout
h
wrote:
I remember last Christmas, it was so tragic for us. We had been shopping in Poole and left the mother-in-law in the car as she was so exhausted from talking! When we got back to the car I could see the rear offside window had been smashed and my mother-in-law had gone! I looked around and a huge struggle ensued as I made a grab for my wife's mobile phone as she tried to call 999 to report it. The window cost me my £60 excess but it was the best Christmas ever. Remember what may be of no value to you will be of value to someone else!
A little bit 'Les Dawson' but you get a tick and perhaps a B- for the above...
[quote][p][bold]EscapefromBournemout h[/bold] wrote: I remember last Christmas, it was so tragic for us. We had been shopping in Poole and left the mother-in-law in the car as she was so exhausted from talking! When we got back to the car I could see the rear offside window had been smashed and my mother-in-law had gone! I looked around and a huge struggle ensued as I made a grab for my wife's mobile phone as she tried to call 999 to report it. The window cost me my £60 excess but it was the best Christmas ever. Remember what may be of no value to you will be of value to someone else![/p][/quote]A little bit 'Les Dawson' but you get a tick and perhaps a B- for the above... hadvar
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2:59pm Thu 6 Dec 12

BIGTONE says...

This is what you need.

http://youtu.be/fDrz
MGdYWZc
This is what you need. http://youtu.be/fDrz MGdYWZc BIGTONE
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3:37pm Thu 6 Dec 12

A Lofty says...

I don't profess to be any kind of an expert on law enforcement etc, but I cannot help noticing that a lot of the readers of this publication will take any opportunity to slag the police out. This appears simply to be a piece of crime prevention - why slag the police out when they are simply telling you that if you leave your car unlocked you are more likely to have your possessions stolen. As for 'Speedy', as you are obviously very vocal about police numbers, perhaps YOU could volunteer to become a Special Constable and to help protect YOUR community.....
I don't profess to be any kind of an expert on law enforcement etc, but I cannot help noticing that a lot of the readers of this publication will take any opportunity to slag the police out. This appears simply to be a piece of crime prevention - why slag the police out when they are simply telling you that if you leave your car unlocked you are more likely to have your possessions stolen. As for 'Speedy', as you are obviously very vocal about police numbers, perhaps YOU could volunteer to become a Special Constable and to help protect YOUR community..... A Lofty
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4:48pm Thu 6 Dec 12

rotcoddam says...

If instead of spending 80million on an election that was so badly run that even hardened voters refused to take part in and hiring police commisioners at 80grand a year plus probably three times as much again in infrastructure costs plus them hiring three or four assistents at 50 to 60 grand each plus their infrastructure costs. Gosh we could have used the money to actually cut crime by opening police stations to the public and getting lots of coppers out detering scumbags
If instead of spending 80million on an election that was so badly run that even hardened voters refused to take part in and hiring police commisioners at 80grand a year plus probably three times as much again in infrastructure costs plus them hiring three or four assistents at 50 to 60 grand each plus their infrastructure costs. Gosh we could have used the money to actually cut crime by opening police stations to the public and getting lots of coppers out detering scumbags rotcoddam
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5:17pm Thu 6 Dec 12

muscliffman says...

Are there not some very basic problems being repeated here.

Firstly this publicity targets completely the wrong side of the matter. 'Lock it ot loose it' suggests it is more than partly our own fault that some low-life nicks our property.

Secondly, as is so frequent in these public-sector initiatives, common sense is sadly lacking. If a thief wants items in your car the technicality of the vehicle being locked is of little importance . Do you know how easily toughened glass can be smashed? The crooks certainly do - and the Echo kindly illustrates one method for all to see!.

Leave the law abiding alone, nobody should be taking their belongings in the first place. Think things through properly and then go after the crooks instead please.
Are there not some very basic problems being repeated here. Firstly this publicity targets completely the wrong side of the matter. 'Lock it ot loose it' suggests it is more than partly our own fault that some low-life nicks our property. Secondly, as is so frequent in these public-sector initiatives, common sense is sadly lacking. If a thief wants items in your car the technicality of the vehicle being locked is of little importance . Do you know how easily toughened glass can be smashed? The crooks certainly do - and the Echo kindly illustrates one method for all to see!. Leave the law abiding alone, nobody should be taking their belongings in the first place. Think things through properly and then go after the crooks instead please. muscliffman
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5:53pm Thu 6 Dec 12

paul.p says...

If you catch them in the act....ho.ho.ho!
If you catch them in the act....ho.ho.ho! paul.p
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5:59pm Thu 6 Dec 12

A Lofty says...

Dear Rotcoddam. I think you'll find the Police Commissioners were a Government idea and nothing to do with the police.
Dear Rotcoddam. I think you'll find the Police Commissioners were a Government idea and nothing to do with the police. A Lofty
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11:46pm Thu 6 Dec 12

rotcoddam says...

I never said they where an invention of the police. I assume the police wanted these wastes of space even less than the 90% of voters who made their oponions known by refusing to endorse any of them. They where yet another cash wasting enterprise by a govenment bankrupt of any worthwhile concepts or solutions.
I never said they where an invention of the police. I assume the police wanted these wastes of space even less than the 90% of voters who made their oponions known by refusing to endorse any of them. They where yet another cash wasting enterprise by a govenment bankrupt of any worthwhile concepts or solutions. rotcoddam
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11:46pm Thu 6 Dec 12

rotcoddam says...

I never said they where an invention of the police. I assume the police wanted these wastes of space even less than the 90% of voters who made their oponions known by refusing to endorse any of them. They where yet another cash wasting enterprise by a govenment bankrupt of any worthwhile concepts or solutions.
I never said they where an invention of the police. I assume the police wanted these wastes of space even less than the 90% of voters who made their oponions known by refusing to endorse any of them. They where yet another cash wasting enterprise by a govenment bankrupt of any worthwhile concepts or solutions. rotcoddam
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12:12am Fri 7 Dec 12

muscliffman says...

rotcoddam wrote:
I never said they where an invention of the police. I assume the police wanted these wastes of space even less than the 90% of voters who made their oponions known by refusing to endorse any of them. They where yet another cash wasting enterprise by a govenment bankrupt of any worthwhile concepts or solutions.
Cannot quite agree with you.

I think the basic PCC principle had some merit, but as is usual with out of touch Dave's co-Government it was introduced incompetently. A combination of reasons caused by this failing then deterred would/should be voters.

I fear that our own PCC and most of his fellows will find quite quickly that through no real fault of their own they are without credibility and thus quite ineffectual.

A wasted expensive opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: I never said they where an invention of the police. I assume the police wanted these wastes of space even less than the 90% of voters who made their oponions known by refusing to endorse any of them. They where yet another cash wasting enterprise by a govenment bankrupt of any worthwhile concepts or solutions.[/p][/quote]Cannot quite agree with you. I think the basic PCC principle had some merit, but as is usual with out of touch Dave's co-Government it was introduced incompetently. A combination of reasons caused by this failing then deterred would/should be voters. I fear that our own PCC and most of his fellows will find quite quickly that through no real fault of their own they are without credibility and thus quite ineffectual. A wasted expensive opportunity. muscliffman
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7:16am Fri 7 Dec 12

Morrigan says...

Perhaps if the Police spent more time on the beat, instead of marking Christmas trees with smart water for a private business there would be less break-ins of all kinds - domestic or cars :o/
Perhaps if the Police spent more time on the beat, instead of marking Christmas trees with smart water for a private business there would be less break-ins of all kinds - domestic or cars :o/ Morrigan
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8:09am Fri 7 Dec 12

fantasanta says...

Morrigan wrote:
Perhaps if the Police spent more time on the beat, instead of marking Christmas trees with smart water for a private business there would be less break-ins of all kinds - domestic or cars :o/
what utter rubbish , how many police 'on the beat' would we require ? one in every street maybe . most thieves have the basic intelligence to actually wait until there isnt a police office around before breaking into your car or house -this has long since been seen as a wasted exercise , police respond to incidents as they are reported and according to priority ,it would be rare to see a crime being committed ,the police cant be everywhere so the advice is good , be your own policeman ,lock it or lose it
the Echo photo shows nothing as a method of breaking into cars , almost without exception these days cars have internally sheilded door locking mechanisms and on many deadlocks that mean you can open the doors even if ou break the glass and use the internal handle . your car window is a thiefs shop window so if you display your goodies in it they will go missing
[quote][p][bold]Morrigan[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the Police spent more time on the beat, instead of marking Christmas trees with smart water for a private business there would be less break-ins of all kinds - domestic or cars :o/[/p][/quote]what utter rubbish , how many police 'on the beat' would we require ? one in every street maybe . most thieves have the basic intelligence to actually wait until there isnt a police office around before breaking into your car or house -this has long since been seen as a wasted exercise , police respond to incidents as they are reported and according to priority ,it would be rare to see a crime being committed ,the police cant be everywhere so the advice is good , be your own policeman ,lock it or lose it the Echo photo shows nothing as a method of breaking into cars , almost without exception these days cars have internally sheilded door locking mechanisms and on many deadlocks that mean you can open the doors even if ou break the glass and use the internal handle . your car window is a thiefs shop window so if you display your goodies in it they will go missing fantasanta
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8:13am Fri 7 Dec 12

fantasanta says...

fantasanta wrote:
Morrigan wrote:
Perhaps if the Police spent more time on the beat, instead of marking Christmas trees with smart water for a private business there would be less break-ins of all kinds - domestic or cars :o/
what utter rubbish , how many police 'on the beat' would we require ? one in every street maybe . most thieves have the basic intelligence to actually wait until there isnt a police office around before breaking into your car or house -this has long since been seen as a wasted exercise , police respond to incidents as they are reported and according to priority ,it would be rare to see a crime being committed ,the police cant be everywhere so the advice is good , be your own policeman ,lock it or lose it
the Echo photo shows nothing as a method of breaking into cars , almost without exception these days cars have internally sheilded door locking mechanisms and on many deadlocks that mean you can open the doors even if ou break the glass and use the internal handle . your car window is a thiefs shop window so if you display your goodies in it they will go missing
excuse my typo - should have read 'cant open the doors ..... '
[quote][p][bold]fantasanta[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morrigan[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if the Police spent more time on the beat, instead of marking Christmas trees with smart water for a private business there would be less break-ins of all kinds - domestic or cars :o/[/p][/quote]what utter rubbish , how many police 'on the beat' would we require ? one in every street maybe . most thieves have the basic intelligence to actually wait until there isnt a police office around before breaking into your car or house -this has long since been seen as a wasted exercise , police respond to incidents as they are reported and according to priority ,it would be rare to see a crime being committed ,the police cant be everywhere so the advice is good , be your own policeman ,lock it or lose it the Echo photo shows nothing as a method of breaking into cars , almost without exception these days cars have internally sheilded door locking mechanisms and on many deadlocks that mean you can open the doors even if ou break the glass and use the internal handle . your car window is a thiefs shop window so if you display your goodies in it they will go missing[/p][/quote]excuse my typo - should have read 'cant open the doors ..... ' fantasanta
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