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Police warn on car valuables after crime spree
7:40am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
POLICE are advising vehicle owners to follow simple crime prevention steps to stop themselves becoming victims.
The warning comes after a spate of car break-ins in Swindon town centre in the last few days.
Two men were arrested after breaking into a car on Davis Place on Thursday and stealing property from inside the vehicle.
One of the men, Daniel John Piper, 38, of Spring Close, Swindon, was charged with theft from a motor vehicle and will appear at Swindon Magistrates Court on October 9.
The second male, a 31-year-old man from Swindon, was released on bail pending further enquiries.
Piper was found with a set of golf clubs which officers are keen to reunite with their owners.
Swindon Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team beat manager PC Paul Bezzant said: “This latest incident is a great example of how robustly Wiltshire Police tackle crimes such as this as we had two men swiftly arrested.
“There are simple things that vehicle owners can do to prevent themselves being targeted by criminals – the simplest of which is to make sure valuable items are not on display.”
Police security advice includes to park as near to home as possible, preferably in a well lit area and do not leave laptops, mobile phones, satellite navigation systems, handbags, credit cards, cheque books or documents in your car.
If it is unavoidable, place them in the boot and ensure equipment is completely switched off.
People also asked people to record descriptions of suspicious people and contact police on 101. Visit www.wiltshire.police.uk.