Concerns Raised Over Car Crime in Bridport
7:24am 30th January 2013
So far this year on average, a car is broken into in Dorset every other day!
Bridport Police is especially worried over the latest surge in crime after a number of vehicles were targeted last week (20th-27th January).
Valuable items were stolen from some cars and power tools taken from work vans.
Vehicle crime is up over 12% in Dorset and Officers are warning people to take extra precautions and never leave items on display and always securely lock their vehicles.
Drivers parking at Dorset beauty spots are especially vulnerable with rural car parks popular targets for offenders.
Chief Inspector Jared Parkin said: "Following a recent increase in vehicles being broken into, I'm encouraging motorists to take simple steps to reduce the chances of thieves targeting their cars.
"It sounds simple, but the main thing I'd encourage motorists to do is to make sure they leave their vehicles securely locked. We are seeing lots of vehicles being broken into that were not even locked.
"Also, don't leave valuables or items like handbags, purses and wallets in your car when it's parked - either on display or hidden away."