Police urge locals to be vigilant after car thefts in Glenrothes

Sat Navs were taken during the thefts
Sat Navs were taken during the thefts

Police in Glenrothes are reminding motorists to lock their vehicles and remove expensive equipment following a series of thefts.

The most recent incidents were reported in Kinloch Drive between January 2 and 4, whereby items including Sat Navs and glasses were stolen when a thief or thieves targeted three parked cars.

Local officers are looking to trace whoever is responsible and are appealing for information as well as encouraging the public to remain vigilant.

Community Sergeant Kenny Greig said: “I’m urging members of the public to call police should they witness people acting suspiciously around vehicles, or have any information in relation to these crimes.

“It appears that the vehicles were unlocked at the time of the crimes and I would remind vehicle owners to make it as difficult as possible for these opportunist criminals.”

Sgt Greig offered advice to motorists to help keep their vehicles as secure as possible.

· Permanently mark any valuables you use in the vehicle, such as a Satellite Navigation System (Sat Nav), with your postcode and house number/name. You can register all of your equipment at www.immobilise.com

· Fit a car alarm.

· Never leave your car unattended to defrost windows with the keys in the ignition. Many car thieves actively target this – even first thing in the morning when darkness can provide cover. Any insurance claim could be adversely affected as it may be considered driver negligence. It’s also an offence to leave a car unattended on a road with the engine running.

· When refuelling at a petrol station, always remove keys from the ignition and lock your car if you need to walk to the petrol station shop to pay for your fuel. Again, some car thieves actively look out for unsecure cars that can easily be taken from the forecourt and any insurance claim could be affected.

· When parkingm, keep your car off the street if possible. If you’re at home and you have a garage then use it. Make sure you lock both the car and the garage.

· If you don’t have a garage, make use of the driveway if you have one.

· If parking in public or using airport parking, look for a car park with the Park Mark sign. These designated car parks have complied with specific measures to deter crime and anti-social behaviour. Find a location at www.parkmark.co.uk

· Don’t park in isolated or remote areas. Whenever possible, park in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.

· Try and park close to the exit – this will increase the amount of traffic which will pass your car, making it harder for thieves to operate undetected.

· Lock all items out of sight. Don’t leave anything on display and take valuables with you.

· Leave the glove box empty and open.

· If you have a Sat Nav, hide the cradle and take the system with you. Don’t forget to wipe the suction marks off the window.

· If you have personal correspondence in the vehicle, then take it with you. Don’t give others access to important personal information.

· Use an electronic or mechanical immobiliser, such as a steering lock.

· If you have an alarm then make sure it’s set.

Anybody with information regarding these crimes can contact Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.