Police issue crime prevention advice after cars targeted in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 10:19 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 03 April 2018

Ormesby Drive in Potters Bar. Picture: Google Street View.

Ormesby Drive in Potters Bar. Picture: Google Street View.

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Herts Police has issued vehicle protection advice after two men were spotted trying to break into cars in Potters Bar.

Officers were called at 1.20am on Sunday, April 1, to reports of the men targeting vehicles in Ormesby Drive.

A police spokeswoman said one is thought to have been broken into but it is unclear if anything was stolen.

“They made off in the direction of Mimms Hall Road,” she added. “Officers attended the scene and searched the area but no offenders were located.

“If you have any information, contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 56 of April 1.”

Police have also issued the following break-in prevention guidelines:

•It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended.

•Always take the keys out of the ignition even if you’re just stopping to buy a newspaper, paying for fuel, or popping back into your home to get something.

•Be aware of your keys. Don’t leave them lying around, visible or in pockets in changing rooms where they could be taken. Don’t leave them visible on a window sill in your home or near to the front door, where they could be “hooked” through the letterbox.

•Never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove-box or boot - and keep ALL other possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your coat pocket or bag left on the back seat, a thief may try their luck.

•Remove your sat nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a sat nav is stored in your vehicle.

•Never leave vehicle documents in your car - don’t make it easy for a thief to sell your car or provide a cover story if stopped by the police.

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

•Consider buying locking screws kits to secure number plates which are targeted by criminals.

•Register your stereo, laptop, sat nav and any other property on the free online property database New windowwww.immobilise.com. It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it’s lost or stolen.

•If you advertise your vehicle for sale on an online web site, ensure that its number plates are covered over when photographed to avoid cloning of its identity.


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