A short film has been released by South Wales Police to warn people about the threat of car crime over Christmas.
This real footage of a car theft from a force *capture-car gives viewers a unique and rather disturbing view of two car thieves in action.
It is hoped the short clip will encourage people to follow simple crime prevention advice as police expect car thieves to be out and about in numbers this Christmas looking for vulnerable vehicles.
The warning coincides with one the busiest times of the year, when many thousands of people will be flocking to retail areas across south Wales to do last minute Christmas shopping.
The video will be published on Youtube (swptv) and on South Wales Police’s website. It will also be published onfacebook (facebook/swpolice) and Twitter (@swpolice).
Shoppers – and those who are using vehicles to visit family and friends in areas they aren’t familiar with – are urged to ensure these simple measures are on their ‘to do’ list over the festive period:
Keep items out of view. Remove items from your vehicle whenever you leave it unattended. Even items such as loose change or a coat can tempt a thief.
Don’t leave any shopping bags or presents on view within your vehicle. Where possible, take them with you. If not, then keep them locked away, out of sight, in the boot of your vehicle.
Lock all doors and windows. Most insurance companies will not cover thefts if the vehicle was insecure.
Use your alarm or immobiliser, or, use an anti-theft device such as a steering wheel lock.
Fit an anti-theft device for audio equipment. If your stereo is fitted with a ‘faceoff’ then this should be removed from the vehicle.
Keep your sat nav safe. Remove satellite navigation devices and their holders, as well as the marks the holders often leave behind on windscreens. Don’t leave your satellite navigation device in the glove compartment or under the seat – take it with you.
Mark your satellite navigation equipment with your postcode and house number or your vehicle registration number, using special security markers.
Never leave the keys in the ignition when the car is unattended, even while you’re paying for petrol.
Chief Superintendent Kevin O’Neill, said:
“Vehicle crime is lower than it has been for many years but we tend to see an increase in the number of incidents over Christmas because criminals know people will leave gifts and valuables in their unattended cars, and that many will forget to lock car doors or close windows.
“This video will make people sit up and take notice. It gives people a front seat view of criminals in action so it is quite shocking, but hopefully it will help encourage people to take simple measures to avoid being a victim of the next crime.”