Lock your car doors, police warn drivers after rise in thefts

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DRIVERS are being reminded to lock their car doors after the police recorded a recent spike in the number of opportunist thefts from vehicles across the Island.

Inspector Andy Bisson, head of the States police's community policing team, said car thefts were very rare but officers had noticed around seven or eight reports of things being stolen from unlocked vehicles in recent weeks.

The officer stressed that the Island was 'extremely' safe but added that its reputation often lulled Islanders into a false sense of security so they did not lock their car doors or hide any valuables.

'The important message is that all thefts from vehicles that we see are opportunist. It is very rare we see break-ins, but if you leave your car unlocked with a handbag or mobile phone in it one day it is going to go,' he said.

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