"Myself and my wife live in Hazlemere Gardens and we were awoken around 5am on Saturday morning (13th Jun) with one of our neighbour's car alarm going off. I looked out and saw nothing so left it at that.
When I went out to our car later that morning, I noticed that the contents of my glove box were on the back seat with the glove box still open. Unlocking our [car], I found that the satnav had gone but nothing else.
I started to double guess myself and I thought I hadn't locked it. The [car] has an auto lock function that operates after 1 min."
"I fear my keyfob might've been cloned and there might be a local group involved."If you know anything about this crime or the people who may have committed it, please contact the police. Even if you think it might be too late to for the police to do anything it is always important intelligence for the police to know what is going on where. One small crime in one spot might be a link to other crimes and end up as a missing piece of an overall puzzle that helps catch the criminal, reunite some victims with their property and stop other local people being victims of the same criminal.
You can contact Worcester Park Police on 20 8649 3590. You can contact the police in general on 101 for non emergencies, 0800 555 111 anonymously and always call 999 if there is a crime happening right now or someone is in danger.
Update (a bit later)
Apparently some other neighbours also had their satnav stolen too.
Update (even a bit later still)
Gary Weaving from our local Police Safer Neighbourhoods team has kindly sent through an information bulletin regarding car crime:
Did you know that
- Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car.
- If at all possible, leave nothing in your vehicle.
- NEVER leave valuable items in your car, including sunglasses, the removable radio cover and your Sat Nav.
- Do you really need all those things you keep in the glove box?
- Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.
- Consider fitting anti-tamper screws to your number plates.
- Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door.
Vehicle common sense
- Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.
- If you use a key fob, always check the doors to make sure they are locked.
- Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time.
- If possible, park in a busy, well-lit area.
- Leave cash, credit cards, cheque book, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car
- Never leave your keys in the car, even for a second - treat them as you would your cash and credit cards
DO NOT: Approach or make yourself known to the criminal.
DO: Call 999 immediately, note the time, and if possible, from an invisible vantage point, make a note of descriptions, vehicles (including registration numbers), and even the direction in which the criminal/s make off.