Police are asking residents in the Aberdeen area to be vigilant following several incidents over the weekend of vehicles being entered and stolen.
North East Division Crime Reduction Officer, Constable Mark Irvine said:
"It sounds simple but
always lock your car. This is the simplest way to keep your car safe. Get into the habit
of locking the car every time you leave it. Also, make sure windows are properly closed
and NEVER leave the spare key within the vehicle."
Never leave items on show as an invitation Ė Mobile phones, electronic equipment, coins,
sunglasses, tools, clothing and bags should be removed from the vehicle whenever possible
or placed in the boot.
Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended Ė on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking, an unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from.
Keep your driving and vehicle documents safe & not in your car.
If you have a garage use it. If you park on a driveway, close & lock any gates.
On cold mornings, donít leave your car unattended with the engine running while it warms up.
Double check: Donít just listen out for the sound of your doors locking, check for your lights flashing and/or mirrors closing. Better still, check the door handle!
Cars fitted with immobilisers canít be hotwired. This means that keys are needed to drive your car. Keep your keys safe. Donít leave them in the lock of your front door, or on the kitchen counter. When you are out, keep them with you at all times.
Original message sent by: Mark Irvine (Police, Constable - Crime Reduction, North East Division)