Police Remind Drivers Not To Leave Sat Navs In Car

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Police Remind Drivers Not To Leave Sat Navs In Car

Posted: 22/04/2008 21:40:33

‘Turn around when possible' - those of us lucky enough to own a sat nav recall these words but the Tewkesbury Police Safer Community Team (SCT) want to remind owners to do just that when they leave their vehicle, following a spate of thefts of sat navs in the town over the last few weeks.

The Tewkesbury SCT are telling drivers to turn around after they've locked their vehicles and check, then check again, that there is nothing on display that a thief could steal.

PC Phil Groom from the SCT reminded drivers, "a Sat nav is an expensive piece of kit and easily stolen if left on display in a vehicle. It takes a couple of seconds to detach it and take it with you, which may save you a great deal of time and money. People may wrongly assume that this type of crime doesn’t happen in quieter areas, but it’s a sad fact that there have been recent reports of these items being stolen in Tewkesbury.”

Over the past eight weeks no less that fourteen vehicles have been entered and sat navs stolen in the Tewkesbury area alone.

PC Groom continues, "Whilst our SCT are carrying our extensive enquiries into these thefts drivers can help us avoid them happening by looking after their property a bit more carefully. You wouldn't leave your wallet or handbag on full display so why leave a £200 Sat nav attached to your windscreen? We suggest you take the cradle out too as this suggests that there might be a sat nav hidden away inside the vehicle, and rub off any telltale marks it has left."

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 0845 090 1234 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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