Crime prevention tips for Stevenage drivers

DRIVERS in Stevenage have the chance to get crime prevention tips and goodies to help keep their cars secure at an event tomorrow (Wednesday). As part of Operation Tarantula – a county-wide drive to tackle car crime – police will be at the Roaring Meg Ret

DRIVERS in Stevenage have the chance to get crime prevention tips and goodies to help keep their cars secure at an event tomorrow (Wednesday).

As part of Operation Tarantula - a county-wide drive to tackle car crime - police will be at the Roaring Meg Retail Park from 10.30am until at least 1pm.

Stevenage Neighbourhood Team officers will be at the event, providing crime prevention advice and handing out goody bags, which include leaflets, a screen cloth to wipe away sat nav suction marks, number plate anti-theft kits, and a rear windscreen sticker to remind drivers to remove all valuables.

The bags are jointly provided by Herts Police and insurance specialists Admiral.

Operation Tarantula's top five tips are:

- Remove your sat nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks

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- Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them

- Never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove box or boot - and keep all possessions out of sight

- Make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended

- Register your stereo, sat nav and any other property on the free online property database www.immobilise.com It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it's lost or stolen

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