Most weeks, the local newspaper, The Chronicle (Sevenoaks, Malling etc) reports theft from vehicles. Read this article below and take steps now to look after your stuff. There is something I would add which is the advice given; if you use a sucker to stick your satnav to the window, take the time to rub away any circular marks left behind and take the satnav with you.
The British Crime Survey has revealed, by category, the top ten items stolen from vehicles. The most commonly targeted in England and Wales is ‘Exterior Fittings’, according to this Home Office Victim Study. This includes items such as windscreen wiper blades, badges, and trim. As such, the estimated figure for 2010/11 suggests this category was favoured during 41% of break-ins. This represents a 5% increase compared to the confirmed figures of 2007/08 – the first comparable period. That brings us to position two… ‘Valuables’. This includes items such as jewellery, cash, and clothing as targeted by 15% of villains in 2010/11. That is consistent with 2007/08. However, the figure for ‘Electrical Equipment’ – which finishes third and includes computers/sat-navs – increased by 1%, from 12% to 13%.
The ‘Car Radio’ category sits in position four. The percentage of crime relating to this halved, to 8%, between 2007/08 and 2010/11. Why? Because new stereos tend to be fully integrated and therefore of limited value on the black market. However, crime relating to ‘Other Vehicle Parts’ increased from 6% to 8%. That places it fifth overall. The ‘Tools’ category sits in position six, at 6%, which is consistent with 2007/08. However, the ‘CD/ Tape/Video/DVD’ category has been targeted less in recent years, falling from 9% to 5%. That places it seventh, which indicates that the online world is overtaking traditional media. The ‘Glasses/Sunglasses/Spectacles’ category finishes in position eight, with an increase from 2% to 3%. ‘Mobile Phones’ were targeted during 3% of motor break-ins in 2010/11 1% less than 2007/08. Position ten is ‘Wheels’ at 2%, rather than its previous 1%.
Fortunately, motorists can minimise the risk of becoming victims. Step one is to park in properly lit areas monitored by CCTV. Step two is to hide everything from view – even small items of limited value. This is tedious but worthwhile. Step three… cross your fingers.
||Included wiper blades / badges / trim
||Jewellery / cash / handbags / briefcase / purse / wallet / Cheque book /credit cards / clothing
||Sat nav /tv / mp3 / pc / computer equipment
||Other vehicle parts
||Dashboard / Seats / Steering wheel / parcel shelf
||CD / tapes / video tapes / DVDs
By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk
Thu, 04 Oct 2012