Every year we are warned – it’s The Derby Weekend – lots of strangers coming to the area – so lock everything up.
The Derby is a tradition and an occasion to be enjoyed by all. But remember some of those people are not there to watch the race – they are watching you and your vehicles – and not just the vehicle but what’s inside it.
Burglars and thieves will take their opportunity wherever they find it – and this annual festival is a busmans holiday to them.
Both Nigel and I take care locking our cars. They are parked on a paved area in front of our home – so not in the road. We live on a typical housing estate – so no big houses – no glaring ‘wealth’ – so you would think no temptation.
It was early Monday morning and Nigel was off to one of his many networking meetings. As he walked past his car he noticed some items on the passenger seat which should not be there – went immediately to the boot and found that it had been emptied.
We had both used our cars on the Sunday – and had locked them for the evening – we heard nothing overnight.
SO – I would call the police and Nigel could take my car – simple.
I went to get my keys for him – but guess what - my car was also open – and yes the boot was empty.
Did we leave anything ‘tempting’ on view inside the cars – no – but we had not emptied the boots and as a result we lost some valuable sports equipment.
2 cars – not a mark on the locks – no alarms triggered – we heard nothing.
So the moral of the story is –
Do not assume your car lock is enough – so please ensure ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you value is removed from your car over the weekend.
AND if it’s an electronic key - check the handle after locking your car – just in case!
We contacted our local police at Epsom and Ewell Safer Neighbourhood Policing and they have very kindly sent us this advice from Surrey Police.
Please read it – it all makes sense – and they know what they are talking about.
‘Surrey Police is urging motorists to follow this straightforward advice to help lessen their chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime during the upcoming Investec Derby Festival:
When leaving your car
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