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Vulnerable vehicles – Keep it hidden!

With Christmas shopping getting underway officers in Pembrokeshire are reminding motorists not to leave their valuables on display inside their vehicles.

The initiative is aimed to help members of the public combat auto-crime by reminding car owners not to leave any valuables on display in their car when it’s unattended.

In addition to gifts, desirable items such as Satellite Navigation equipment, mobile phones or a bag, presents the perfect opportunity for car thieves to break in.

Sergeant Stephen Britton says: “Even though we have low crime in Pembrokeshire and the county is one of the safest places to live, we still need to use common sense.

“Please don’t leave anything of value on display in your car, even if you are only leaving it for a short while. Employing a few simple measures can help to deter would-be thieves and keep your property safe.”

This type of offence within Pembrokeshire is low and Auto-crime in Pembroke Dock has been reduced by 19 per cent in comparison to the same date in 2011, which equates to 23 fewer crimes, but officers have expressed concern that there are still too many incidents of thefts from unattended vehicles.

Sergeant Britton adds: “Unfortunately, despite numerous warnings, there are a core of motorists that still don’t realise the dangers of leaving their valuables on show in their car,”

“And some still forget to lock their car. So our message is clear. If anything of value has to be left with the vehicle it should be locked away in the boot and kept out of sight. At this time of year everyone has Christmas presents on their mind but some people are not prepared to pay for them! So please, be sensible and keep your valuables out-of-sight in your cars.”

For further security advice please call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101