Visitors leaving their vehicles in New Forest car parks this Easter are urged to take all their valuables with them.
“Thieves may be watching your movements in the car park when you are out for a walk in the forest or parking to go shopping. If you leave valuables on view in the car, or even place them in the boot, you run the risk of returning to find the car damaged and your belongings stolen,” said Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC portfolio holder for housing and communities.
The Safer New Forest Partnership advises drivers and their passengers to remove all valuable items – including bags, coats, satnavs, mobiles and laptops – from their parked vehicles and to lock their vehicle securely.
New Forest Chief Inspector Rachel Stokes said: “Car crime does occur in the New Forest, especially at beauty spot car parks. The police are doing a lot to combat it, including regular patrols, but people can help us to further reduce the problem by taking some simple crime prevention measures like making sure car doors are locked and removing all valuables.”
A bright yellow Hampshire Constabulary notice is available which can be displayed in vehicles stating: ‘No valuables have been left in this vehicle.’ They are available free of charge by contacting Community Safety co-ordinator Stephanie Bennett at Safer New Forest, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA.