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Beware thieves in New Forest car parks, walkers urged
11:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
FAMILIES going for walks in the New Forest are being urged to beware of thieves targeting woodland cars parks.
The Safer New Forest Partnership (SNFP) is advising drivers and their passengers to remove all valuables from their vehicle, including CDs, mobile phones and laptops.
Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson, of New Forest police, said: “We don’t want visitors to become a victim of car crime.
“Additional police patrols are in force to disrupt criminal activity and to make those using Forest car parks aware of the ways in which they can reduce their chances of becoming a victim.”
The SNFP spokesman said: “Always lock your car, even if you are only leaving it for a few moments.
“If your car has central locking, physically check the doors as there are devices currently in use which may interfere with your locking system.
“Theft of personal belongings from cars accounts for two-thirds of vehicle crime.
“However, you can outsmart the criminal by not leaving anything in your car. If it’s not there, it can’t be stolen.”
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