Thames Valley Police would like to raise awareness of a recent increase in thefts from vehicles and out buildings in the rural areas of Banbury, particularly the Drayton area.
There were seven reported offences between Sunday, September 1 and Tuesday September 3 there have been seven reported offences.
Local residents are advised to take crime prevention measures to help protect themselves from becoming a victim of this type of crime. Acting Sergeant Richard Miller, of the Banbury Rural Neighbourhood policing team, is urging residents to remain vigilant and not to become complacent.
Mr Miller has provided the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of car and outbuilding crime:
Always make sure that your car is totally locked - including all doors and windows, and the sun roof. This applies whether your car is parked on your driveway, in your garage, or if you leave your car for just a few seconds.
Store your car in your garage - it is safer there. Remember to lock the garage and the car.
Always take your personal items with you when you leave your car. This stops car thieves from smashing your windows to steal items. If you can’t take your personal items with you, lock them in the boot. Don’t leave personal items in your glove box.
Never leave the valuable items anywhere in your car: removable radio fronts, portable satellite navigation systems (‘Sat Navs’) and its mounting cable, mobile phones, golf clubs, iPods, handbags, laptop computers and briefcases, cheque books, credit and debit cards, items of clothing, driving documents and personal correspondence.
When you leave your car, leave your glove box open to show that there’s nothing in there.
Do not leave a jacket or coat on display in your car. A thief may think that it’s hiding your laptop or handbag.
Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.
Fit good quality deadlocks conforming to the latest British Standards to all external doors.
Fit good quality window locks.
Install security lights that come on automatically at dusk and go off at dawn.
Fit timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.
Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle or a property, contact the police via the 101 number.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org