Car insurance: Motorists cautioned after car thefts

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Motorists are being urged to take extra precautions over vehicle security following a spate of car thefts in the south-western towns of Portishead and Clevedon.

An estimated 30 incidents have occurred in the tight-knit communities in just a single week, leading police to speculate that series thieves are operating in the area.

Issuing advice on how locals can protect their vehicles, inspector Barbara Davidson noted that the most important thing to remember is to keep valuables out of sight - though she acknowledged this alone was not a failsafe.

She added: "Our advice is to try to ensure your vehicle is garaged at night or if it has to be left outside, make sure it is secure - preferably alarmed."

Where safe storage of a vehicle is not possible, she added that the most important possessions to keep out of sight - and ideally to remove from the vehicle altogether - are radios, satellite navigations systems and personal belongings.

Official statistics show that vehicle crime has dropped by some than 60 per cent since 1995, including a four per cent year-on-year fall 2006-07.

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