Police launch blitz on car crime

PUBLISHED: 09:26 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

POLICE are launching a crime prevention initiative in Harpenden this month following a number of thefts from cars in the area. Two incidents occurred earlier this month, the first of which involved a stolen purse and iPod from a grey Landrover that was p

POLICE are launching a crime prevention initiative in Harpenden this month following a number of thefts from cars in the area.

Two incidents occurred earlier this month, the first of which involved a stolen purse and iPod from a grey Landrover that was parked in Thornbury between 2.30pm on January 3 and 10.30am on January 5.

Around the same time - between 11pm on January 5 and 6.15am the next day - a satellite navigation system and cash were stolen from a silver Toyota Landcruiser parked in Avenue St Nicholas.

The Harpenden Safer Neighbourhood Team will be visiting hotspot areas in Harpenden East and West over the next couple of weeks to talk to residents about their vehicle security. Police officers will also be giving out free UV marker pens so that drivers can mark valuables kept in their cars.

PCSO Sam Carroll, who is one of the officers running the Operation Insecure initiative, said: "Save yourself time and inconvenience by taking a few common sense crime prevention measures including removing all your personal and valuable property from your vehicle to make it less attractive for thieves to target."

Other suggestions from the police include removing your car stereo after every journey if you can; setting your immobiliser and alarm if you have one fitted; and removing your satellite navigation equipment when you leave the car, wiping away any suction pad marks.

If anyone has any information about the thefts that occurred in Harpenden earlier this month, contact police on the non-emergency number 0845 33 00 222.

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