Recent thefts from cars bring advice from Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police car pickup (Mike Draper_ (3)

12:43pm 9th May 2016

Where are you putting your valuables when you park your car? If you're answer is in the boot, under the seat or in the glove box, you might want to think again.

That's the advice from Wiltshire Police, as they've had to deal with a number of thefts from cars recently, in areas like Dinton, Netheravon, Wilton, Mere and on Salisbury Plain.

Officers say that most of the time, the thieves are opportunist - taking advantage of us leaving items on view.

We're being told to remember that these kinds of thefts don't just happen to other people - we need to protect ourselves as much as possible.

Salisbury Inspector Dave Minty tells us why he thinks more there might be more cases at the moment:

"It could to do with the longer days, the longer hours, the slightly better weather. People are going up to walks dogs and walk around the nicer areas of our county and unfortunately leaving valuable items in their car, on view. It's quite easy for people to turn up, smash a window, grab anything. It only takes a matter of seconds and they'll run away with some quite valuable items."

Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported one theft from a car parked up at the Stourhead estate near Mere.

Here's what happened in that case:


Wiltshire Police have given us these tips, to help keep us and our belongings safe:

  • Try to park in a Park Mark car park and near to other vehicles. 
  • Don't leave laptops, satnavs, mobile phones, handbags, credit cards, cheque books in your car. If it is absolutely unavoidable - place them in the boot.
  • Mark your stereo with the vehicle registration number. Make a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keep the note somewhere safe - not in the car. Remember also to register it at
  • Don't leave valuables in the glove compartment or try to hide anything under the seat - thieves will check these areas first. Leave your glove box open to show there is nothing in it.
  • Don't leave anything on display, you may know that your wallet isn't in your jacket but a thief will break a window just to check.
  • If you own a van, make sure you remove your tools overnight.

There's much more advice from officers on their website at

If you've been a victim of this kind of crime, or have any information about cases that have taken place, you can call Wiltshire Police on 101. If you see a crime in progress, you're asked to call 999 immediately.

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