Warning Issued After Rise In Car Break Ins
10:26am 25th June 2013
The number of cars being broken into around some parts of Dorset has doubled in the past year.
New Police figures show a significant increase in reported crime.
In April and May 2011, there were 557 incidents. In the same months this year there were 675 reported incidents.
The number of vehicles targeted in Purbeck has doubled.
Even the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill had his car broken into earlier this year.
Officers say motorists are making it easy for criminals by leaving doors unlocked and windows down.
Inspector Ernie Henley said: “Don’t make it easy for thieves – I’m staggered by the number of cars that are left unlocked with valuable items inside. These items have included house keys, sat navs, mobile phone and even cash.
“Don’t underestimate the number of opportunist thieves who will try their luck if your car is left insecure. Always lock your car – for however short a period of time – and don’t leave any valuables inside, whether hidden or not.
“If possible, drivers should park their cars in well lit areas and always use their vehicle alarm if they have one.