Motor Insurance: Police tackle theft from cars

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Motorists who leave car accessories on full view are risking theft and having to dip into their car insurance, claim police in west London.

Inspector David Osborne, from Chiswick Safer Neighbourhoods team said that leaving accessories visible is "like a red flag to a bull".

Satellite navigation systems in particular prove popular with thieves, who tend to strike at night.

Taking out theft and fire motor insurance can help replace equipment but it would be easier to prevent the theft in the first place by keeping valuables out of sight.

To tackle these opportunist crimes, police community support officers (PCSOs) will be issuing notices to drivers who leave items on show.

The borough has also decided to recruit parking wardens in the battle to combat theft from cars.

Wardens will be given two-way radios so they can notify PCSOs about suspicious behaviour or expensive items left prominently on display.

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