Operation Chariot to tackle vehicle crime across Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 17:17 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 September 2016

Hertfordshire police have launched Operation Chariot to tackle vehicle crime

Hertfordshire police have launched Operation Chariot to tackle vehicle crime

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Hertfordshire Constabulary has launched a new campaign to help drivers protect their vehicles, following a spate of car break-ins and motorbike thefts.

Operation Chariot will crack down on criminals who target vehicles and deliver crime prevention advice, encouraging drivers and businesses to defend their vehicles. It will also incorporate a range of proactive activities by officers to catch offenders.

Inspector Paul Lawrence, of the Crime Reduction Team, said: “Over the past year we have seen an unacceptable rise in thefts from vehicles, with tools and other valuables being targeted, as well as increases in thefts of certain types of vehicles.

“Offenders have been employing a range of techniques to commit their crimes, which have enabled them to bypass or disable security features on certain makes of vehicle.

“We have seen a variety of methods used to exploit cars with keyless entry systems and certain locking mechanisms in van doors.”

Police have teamed up with www.ProtectAVan.co.uk who are offering a 10 per cent discount to drivers that live or work in Hertfordshire on Thatcham approved security devices, such as tool safes, steering locks and security marking of tools and vehicles.

Police have offered the following advice to help prevent theft from your vehicle:

* Never leave valuables on display

* Never leave tools in your van unless they are secured in an approved tool safe

* Fit good quality approved additional external locks to van doors

* Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number

* Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one.

* If away from home consider parking your vehicle in a ‘Park Mark’ approved car park.

To help prevent your vehicle being stolen police advise owners to:

* Never hand vehicle keys over to a third party or leave the vehicle unattended at a valet parking, car wash or other parking places, where criminals can gain access to the vehicle and code a key electronically.

* Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic (OBD) port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code a key from the vehicle.

* Consider fitting a dual band tracking device that works on VHF/UHF and GPS, to make it more difficult for the tracking signal being blocked.

* Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment so make sure your car is locked by trying the door before leaving it.

* Ensure that ‘home’ on your vehicle ‘Sat Nav’ is shown as the post code of your local police station and not your actual home address.

* Use an approved steering wheel lock and never leave your vehicle unlocked – even for a moment

More advice on how to make your vehicle safe is available at: www.herts.police.uk/crimeprevention.

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