Residents Urged to be Mindful of Vehicle Security in Tidworth

Residents are being urged to be mindful of their vehicle security following reports of a man acting suspiciously near cars in Tidworth overnight.

Wiltshire Police received a number of calls from residents in the Colling Lane and Dowse Close areas in the early hours of this morning regarding a man reportedly trying car door handles in the area.

They are aware of one occasion where a pair of binoculars have been stolen from a vehicle at approximately 2.45 am.

Sgt Russell Griffin said: “Thefts from vehicles are often committed by opportunistic thieves who will try their luck to see if anyone has left their vehicle unlocked, before taking whatever they find inside.

“I’d like to urge residents to be mindful of this – ensure your vehicles are always locked, windows are shut and your keys are secure within your home. Any valuables left within your car and in sight will be seen as an invite by opportunistic thieves so please don’t give them an easy ride.

“Enquiries into reports received during the early hours of this morning are currently ongoing.”

Please follow the below tips to reduce your chance of falling victim to this type of crime:

1. Keep your vehicle locked, windows shut and your keys secure
2. Park in a well-lit area and in clear view of your property and any CCTV cameras.
3. Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, phones, Sat Navs etc. on display.
4. Try to park vans close to a building or hedge to restrict access.
5. If possible, remove all tools from the van when it is left overnight.
6. Take photographs of items of value and make a note of serial numbers.
7. Consider fitting an alarm that is Secured by Design accredited.
8. Mark the items of property/tools that are stored in the vehicle using an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA.
9. Call 999 immediately if you see a crime in progress or any suspicious activity around trade vans. Note the registration numbers of vehicles and descriptions of those involved.

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