We are investigating a number of theft from motor vehicle offences on the Daventry District and South Northants.
This type of offending is often opportunistic, with criminals literally trying their luck with vehicle door handles. This means the simplest way of preventing it is for drivers to always double check their vehicle is locked every time they leave it, with nothing on display – even a handful of loose change or a device cable can be enough to tempt a thief.
Information from our communities is vital in tackling and preventing crime, so if you see anything suspicious or have any information about these thefts, please call us on 101 or report online at www.northants.police.uk/RO. In an emergency, such as a crime in progress, never put yourself at risk by intervening but call us straight away on 999.
You can also pass on information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Top tips for preventing theft from your vehicleAlways lock it – even if you’re just away for a moment, make it habit to always lock upClose windows and the sunroof to prevent ‘fishing’, where thieves reach in by hand or with a wire or tool to gain access or take itemsSecure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle – roof racks, bike racks, top boxes and tool chests can easily be stolen. Keep them secure, and try not to leave things in themTake possessions with you or hide them. Phones, coins, sunglasses, medication – all can provide quick cash to an opportunistic thief. Never leave wallets, handbags, purses or bank cards in an unattended vehicleHide electrical items and leave no clues – take sat nav mounts off, wipe away suction marks, and put away charging cables to deter opportunistic criminalsPark in well-lit and busier areas when out and about. At home, check out our home security advice to help to protect your vehicle. https://www.northants.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/If you have a van you carry tools in and can’t remove them overnight, mark them clearly with your name or firm using paint pens, and seal with clear lacquer. A locking tool cabinet and in-vehicle cameras can also provide a further layer of protection. Photograph your tools, note serial numbers and consider registering them with an online property register
Further security tips and crime prevention advice can be found on the Northamptonshire Police website and on the Neighbourhood Watch website.
If you would like to contact your local policing team, visit the Your Area section of our website.
Report non-emergency crime and suspicious activity by calling 101 or online at www.northants.police.uk/RO. In an emergency, always call 999.
PS 978 Lewis Judd
Daventry Neighbourhood Policing Team