Thefts from vehicles in Hertfordshire up 10 per cent on average

Thefts from vehicles have risen 10 per cent on average in Herts. File photo.

Thefts from vehicles have risen 10 per cent on average in Herts. File photo. - Credit: Archant

Thefts from vehicles in Hertfordshire have increased by 10 per cent on average compared with the same three-month period last year, police have announced today.

The figures, from April to July, also show there were above-average increases in Stevenage, St Albans, Three Rivers and Hertsmere – up 151, 39, 34 and 23 per cent respectively.

Insp Andrew Palfreyman, of the force’s Crime Reduction Unit, said: “We tend to see more thefts from vehicles when the weather is hot, as people often leave windows open to keep their vehicles cool.

“If you leave valuable items in your vehicle on view, this can encourage thieves to try and break in. Make sure that any items are not on view, such as coats, bags, phones and try to remove anything of value from the vehicle when left overnight.

“Vans are also being targeted for tools and equipment stored in them. Criminals can use a variety of methods to bypass vehicle security systems, so I urge the removal or securing of tools.

“We are running crime prevention events across the county helping people to secure their vehicles and security marking valuables. Details of these events can be found at”

Police have issued the following tips to help keep your vehicle and belongings safe:

To help prevent theft from your vehicle

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• Never leave valuables on display

• Never leave tools in your van unless they are secured in an approved tool safe

• Fit good quality approved additional external locks to van doors

• Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number

• Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one.

• If away from home consider parking your vehicle in a ‘park mark’ approved car park – details at

To help prevent your vehicle being stolen

• Never hand vehicle keys over to a third party or leave the vehicle unattended at a valet parking, car wash or other parking places, where criminals can gain access to the vehicle and code a key electronically.

• Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic (OBD) port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code a key from the vehicle.

• Consider fitting a dual band tracking device that works on VHF/UHF and GPS, to make it more difficult for the tracking signal being blocked.

• Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment so make sure your car is locked by trying the door before leaving it.

• Ensure that ‘home’ on your vehicle sat nav is shown as the post code of your local police station and not your actual home address.

• Use an approved steering wheel lock and never leave your vehicle unlocked – even for a moment.

• Herts police recommend products that are ‘sold secure’ or ‘secured by design’ see and for details.

More advice on how to make your vehicle safe is available at