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Bromley police take action over increasing number of car break-ins

PUBLISHED: 15:55 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:55 08 May 2013

A recent increase in thefts from cars has prompted Bromley police to increase patrols around the borough.

Specialist MPS teams will support local officers in targetting vehicle crime hotspots, where items such as sat navs, laptops, handbags and wallets have all been stolen.

Police are reminding residents not to leave anything on display in their vehicles after the spate of thefts, and also ensuring drivers to make sure no valuable items are left in the boot or glove compartment.

Det Ch Insp Andy Furphy, of Bromley police, said: “We are urging people to take action to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this type of crime and there are a number of steps that you can take to close down the opportunities for criminals to target you.

“Never leave anything on display when you park your car. An old coat or a plastic bag can tempt a thief - even if your coat or bag does not contain anything valuable, a thief does not know that and may still break a window or force a lock to get at it.

“Don’t leave any purchases you have just bought on display in your car. Remove all property when leaving your vehicle unattended.”

Police have release a number of tips to help prevent becoming a victim:

- Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. If at all possible, leave nothing on view.

- Never leave valuable items in your car - cash, credit cards, chequebooks, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables. This includes your Sat Nav.

- Don’t leave presents or purchases on the back seat.

- Always close the windows and sunroof, lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.

- Always park with car, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy, well-lit area.

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