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Police Warning to Dorset Motorists

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7:28am 21st August 2013

With the bank holiday weekend upon us, drivers in Dorset are being urged to remove expensive belongings from their vehicles and lock up properly.

Police say opportunist thieves will strike during the busy period with more people out and about.

Although vehicle crime is down in Dorset, 75% of current thefts occur as a result of doors being left unlocked and windows open.

Inspector Ernie Henley said: "Empty your vehicle whenever you leave it unattended. A thief will take the opportunity to steal anything from a vehicle that they can keep or sell on; this includes Sat Navs, CDs, clothing, sport bags and tools. It is not enough just to hide them out of view.

"Also, make sure that you leave your vehicle locked and secure, by checking the doors and windows before you walk away.

"Central locking is a great tool but can you be sure when you 'blip the fob' or 'turn the key' that all the doors including the boot did actually lock?

"Reducing vehicle crime is a priority for Dorset Police. Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore can be prevented. We are working hard to address the problem but we need members of the public to take simple steps to help keep themselves and their property safe."

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