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CIPS Issue Advisory on Vehicle-Related Crime

Law Enforcement 07 Aug, 2023 Follow News

CIPS Issue Advisory on Vehicle-Related Crime

Police are investigating a number of vehicle related crimes in recent weeks, including thefts of vehicles and thefts of items from vehicles, particularly in the Bodden Town and George Town districts. Commonly stolen items continue to include tools, electronics and money.

Many incidents are opportunistic, where thieves have taken advantage of access to unlocked vehicles.

As such, police are again reminding the public how to keep your vehicle and possessions safe, and avoid being a target of vehicle-related crime:

1.  As a general rule, don’t leave valuable items in your vehicles.

2.  Don’t leave your vehicle running or your keys in the vehicle, even if you are only leaving you vehicle briefly.

3.  If you have to store items in your vehicles, ensure they are not visible when your car is unattended.

4.  Always secure windows and lock the doors of vehicles when they are unattended - especially overnight.

5.  Park vehicles in well-lit areas and if possible in places with security cameras or security officers on sight.

Taking the below proactive steps will assist if you ever become a victim of theft or other vehicle related crime:

1.  Where possible, record serial numbers and keep photos of your valuables, so that they can be identified more easily if a theft does occur and for insurance purposes.

2.  Activate any tracking features included on your devices (such as “Find My” on Apple devices) as this will assist in locating them if any theft does occur.

The RCIPS is investigating these incidents and is encouraging all members of the public to report any such incidents to the police, by contacting 9-1-1, or your nearest police station.

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