The good news is that domestic burglary figures continue to decline within the Triangle. The bad news, however, is that motor vehicle crime, mainly involving theft from motor vehicles; motorbike and bicycle theft is on the increase.
It may be difficult to protect your car from a determined, professional thief, but in most cases car crime is committed by opportunists who often take less than a minute to get into a vehicle. Thieves like items that are concealable, removable, accessible and valuable.
The top 5 most common items stolen from vehicles are
Don't leave valuables on show in unattended vehicles.
Thieves look for Sat Navs and phones left behind in cars.
- Electrical items - Laptops, portable navigation units and mobile phones
- Unattended bags left in view - documents such as disabled badges
- Number plates
- Alloy wheels
- Catalytic converters (part of the exhaust system)
Bike, moped and motorcycle theft also continue to rise. Greenwich Police recommend owners to use locks such as ‘Gold Sold Secure’ and a high quality D-lock to prevent theft.
Out and about
- Lock your bike in a well-lit public area wherever possible - plenty of people around is the best theft-deterrent.
Lock your bike to an immovable object
- For top security, use two locks of different types, for instance a D lock round the rear wheel and frame and a cable lock round the front wheel and frame. This means a thief will need to have the tools to break two different types of locks and twice as much time and determination.
- Make sure that you lock your bike to an immovable object. If you lock up on a rotten fence post, a thief won't even need any specialist tools to break your bike free.
- Use a lock that reflects the value of your bike. A thief might pass by a very old or cheap bike secured with a skinny cable lock, but the same lock on a carbon race bike will be too tempting for a thief to ignore.
- Keep your bike out of sight. If you can't bring it into the house, put it in a shed or garage. Failing that, even a cover will provide some camouflage, as well as weather protection.
- As well as locking the shed or garage, you should also lock your bike within the shed or garage. Consider installing a ground anchor for this.
- Heavy duty chain locks are good for locking at home. They are a visible deterrent and hard to break. Just make sure the padlock is as tough as the chain.