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Police Warn Motorists to "Lock Up" or Risk Being Targeted by Thieves

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Published at 9:41am 22nd May 2012.

People visiting Bridport's beauty spots are being warned to look out for thieves.

With the warmer weather upon us and more people out and about Dorset Police say parked cars are a popular target for criminals looking to steal valuables.

They say secluded areas which attract large numbers of visitors to car parks are the most at risk with thieves able to break into a car and steal things inside within seconds.

PC Sarah Corrin of Bridport Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "Although Bridport is a very safe area to live, sadly theft from unattended motor vehicles does happen. However, just taking a few common sense security precautions can reduce the risk of becoming a victim".

"Most thieves are opportunistic - leaving valuables on display is an invitation for criminals therefore it's important that nothing is left on show".

"Never leave a car door unlocked or a window or sunroof open even if you're only gone for a few minutes".

"Always leave handbags and wallets at home if you can. If you do have them with you make sure you remove them from your vehicle and keep them with you. Don't presume they will be safe under the seat or in the car boot thieves will know where to look!"

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