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Police: don’t leave valuables in cars

A police car outside of the Hamilton Police station

Police this afternoon warned the public to be vigilant after a series of vehicle thefts and reports of items stolen from vehicles.

A police spokesman said motorists should always lock their vehicles if they leave them unattended, even for a short period, and should not leave valuables inside.

The spokesman said: “Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen.

“It should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.

“As we approach the festive season any shopping or gifts should be secured out of sight in the vehicle’s trunk.”

He said motorists should also be careful not to leave “clues” that valuable electronics may be left inside, such as dash cam mounts or cables.

The spokesman also urged car owners to fully close windows and sunroofs to prevent criminals “fishing”.

He said: “Leaving windows and the sunroof open invites fishing for items through the gap by hand or with a bent coat hanger which could also be used to unlock a door for them to get in.

“Thieves can be ingenious. Don’t give them the opportunity.”

Motorists should park in well-lit areas or on busy streets which would increase the likelihood of a thief being seen, the spokesman added.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity around parked vehicles can call police at 211 or 295-0011.

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Published December 03, 2020 at 3:51 pm (Updated December 03, 2020 at 3:50 pm)

Police: don’t leave valuables in cars

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