Don’t leave items on view in your car!

THERE have been a number of thefts from cars in Arbroath over the last few days and numerous valuable items have been taken.

Tayside Police is making enquiries and has appealed to the public for help.

A black-coloured Nissan Navara was targeted by thieves at Cliffburn Road and a Paslode nail gun, a Stihl powersaw, a Bosch chop saw, two Makita cordless drills and a Makita jigsaw were stolen. The theft happened some time between 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, and 3 p.m. the following day.

In Warddykes Avenue, a black leather purse containing a small quantity of money was stolen from a black-coloured Hyundai Getz between 9 p.m. on Monday, October 15, and 7.30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16.

A Garmin satellite navigation system was stolen from a blue-coloured Ford Galaxy parked in Linton Road at 1.10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11.

Officers are once again reminding drivers to take every possible precaution to deter the thieves.

Car crime tends to be a crime of opportunity but, by applying simple security measures, vehicle owners can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of this type of incident.

Quite simply, drivers are advertising their personal belongings to the opportunist thief by leaving property and valuables in open view.

They must ensure that their vehicle is secured when left unattended and that no property is left in open view. If car owners cannot take their property out of the car, it should be locked away out of sight in the boot. Doors should be locked and, windows closed.

Sat navs, mobile ‘phones, iPods, bags, and wallets are particularly attractive to thieves and should not be left in an unattended car.

CD players and radio cassettes should be removed wherever possible. Anyone with a face-off stereo should remember the purpose of its design and take the front fascia out of the unattended car, as without it, the stereo is inoperable and, therefore, less likely to be stolen.

To prevent crime, drivers should try to park their vehicle in a busy area and, at night, somewhere that has good lighting. Supervised car parks offer one of the safest places to park and, when at home, householders should use a garage if they have one.

Most vehicles these days have alarms and/or immobilisers as standard. Anyone whose vehicle does not have this type of security measure should give consideration to fitting one or both.

Anyone who has information regarding thefts from vehicles can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.