Vehicle crime involves a range of offences including the theft
of vehicles, vehicle damage and the theft of property from
Most vehicle crime can be prevented, as it is mostly committed
by opportunist thieves. The most common items targeted from
vehicles include registration plates, route finders, car radios, CD
players, cash, laptops, handbags and mobiles. Offenders gain the
most out of these by reusing or selling them.
What can you do to reduce Vehicle Crime?
By following some simple crime prevention tips, we can outsmart
- Lock all doors and close all windows (including the sunroof)
every time you leave your car unattended.
- Don't leave ANYTHING on display; even small items can grab a
- Never leave the keys in the ignition.
- Remove evidence of a Sat Nav system.
- Don't leave keys by your front door, always store them in your
bedroom, out of sight
- Fit lock wheel nuts
- Use a Car Park with a 'Park Mark' Award which is part of the
police approved, 'Safer Parking scheme.'
What are we doing to tackle Vehicle Crime?
- Targeting persistent offenders
- Targeting uninsured and untaxed cars
- Targeting vehicle owners who leave items on display in parked
- Removing untaxed and uninsured vehicles from the road
- Using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems to
tackle vehicle-related crime and to stop vehicles being used in
- Delivering alternative education programmes that tackle the
anti-social use of vehicles by young people
- Running a marketing and awareness-raising campaign during
identified times of the year.