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Police advice on car crime
3:00am Monday 23rd July 2012 in News
POLICE in rural Andover are holding events throughout the summer to raise awareness of vehicle crime and how to avoid becoming a victim.
As most car thefts are opportunist, officers are telling motorists not to leave handbags, satnavs, mobile phones and cameras inside vehicles.
Offences can take place during the day or night, whether a vehicle is parked in a driveway, on the street or in a public car park.
Typically thieves will smash windows to gain entry, break door locks or prise the door away from the body of the vehicle.
The campaign, headed by Det Sgt Glenn Curtis, will see officers holding awareness events throughout the rural areas of Andover.
They will be offering crime prevention advice to motorists as well as handing out drawstring rucksacks which they can use to store valuables in while they go out and about in the countryside.
Det Sgt Curtis said: “I would encourage members of the community to come along to one of the awareness events that we’re holding over the summer. Your local Safer Neighbourhoods team will be there to offer advice and talk to you about steps you can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of this sort of crime.”
Events will be held on Sunday, 22 July, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at Danebury Ring; Sunday, 5 August, at Danebury Ring between 2pm and 4pm; and Sunday, 12 August, at Stockbridge Down between 11am and 12.30pm and at Horsebridge Test Way car park between 2pm and 3.30pm