Car insurance customers in Essex have been urged not to give opportunistic thieves the chance to break into their vehicle.
Police in the area have therefore issued advice on how drivers could best avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime.
They suggested that motorists ensure they only park in safe and well-lit areas to ensure they do not attract unwanted attention from would-be thieves.
Lorna Watson, the south eastern crime reduction officer, also suggested that using security devices is a good way to deter opportunistic criminals.
She explained that it takes just one minute for a car thief to steal property left inside a vehicle.
“It takes a lot longer and can be frustrating for the owner to deal with the insurance company, have any damage to the vehicle repaired or to arrange alternative transport,” she explained.
Meanwhile, car insurance customers in Buxton were recently warned by police that they may need to step up their vehicle security measures following an increase in the number of people attacked by vandals.
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