Vehicle crime

Vehicle crime is invasive. It affects our communities and families, both financially and emotionally.

Vehicle crime typically comes in three forms; theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle or damage.

South Yorkshire Police’s stance on this crime is that prevention is better than cure and there are simple things you can do to minimise the chances of you becoming a victim of car crime:

  • Don’t leave your stuff on show in your car, whether it’s an expensive laptop or just some loose change. Even items of clothing can attract thieves as they may think that there will be money in the pockets
  • Don’t leave valuables in the glove-box of your car. To prove this to would-be thieves you can empty your glove-box and leave it open when you leave your vehicle
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to other members of the public, or covered by CCTV, as thieves are less likely to break in if they can be seen
  • At home, don’t keep your car keys next to your front door or in an obvious place – thieves do sometimes break into houses with the sole intention of taking car keys and stealing the car
  • Keep motorcycles in a locked garage or shed, or failing that, chained securely to an immovable object.

Trades persons' vans

Sheffield Police Crime Reduction Officer Dene Tinker gives the following advice...
Tink's top ten tips on keeping your commercial vehicle safe:
· Fit additional locks - especially to any side-sliding and rear doors.
· Always lock your vehicle. Especially whilst on site, in a residential area or in the street.
· Fit an alarm. Insurance companies will often give a discount for properly installed and approved alarms.
· Never leave personal documents or satnavs in the vehicle’s cab.
· It’s may not always be easy, but try not to leave tools or equipment in your vehicle overnight.
· Think about where you park. Prevent anyone getting into the back of the van by parking up against a wall, side by side or back to back with another vehicle. 
· Always try to park in a well-lit, open location. Park in areas covered by CCTV if possible. 
· Keep your van keys safe while you are working - never leave them in your vehicle.
· Security mark all your tools and equipment to make items uniquely identifiable. You can do this using your postcode and house number, written in UV pen.
· Make sure you have fully comprehensive insurance for your vehicle. Thieves will often 'smash and grab' causing damage that is expensive to repair and may take you off the road for several days.
Vehicle Crime Leaflet

This leaflet gives more information on steps you can take to help protect your vehicle.  

Vehicle Crime Postcard

The postcard gives vehicles owners pointers on how to protect their vehicles from crime.

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