Jun 14 2012

Increased Car Crime in Harrow – Police Advice

Some timely advice from Harrow Police arrived this morning, concerning car break-ins.

We are seeing an increase of cars being broken into on the borough. Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car.

How can you protect your car?

  • 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 plate.
  • Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door.


  • Close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.
  • 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, chequebook, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car.
  • Leave your keys in the car, even for a second – treat them as you would your cash and credit cards.
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