|Police Issue Christmas S.O.S. Call
Police in Wigan and Leigh are warning drivers who are out shopping this Christmas to follow a simple S.O.S message – “Stash Out of Site” any valuables, shopping and gifts in their vehicles that could be attractive to opportunitist thieves.
Across the Wigan borough in November and December 2004 an average of seven cars a day (453 in total) were broken into and property stolen.
Superintendent Shaun Currie from Wigan police station said: “At this time of year the value of goods in our cars increases dramatically and I would ask all motorists who are out shopping to hear our S.O.S call and ‘Stash Out if Sight” all shopping, gifts, satellite navigation systems and valuable items on display in their car.”
Superintendent Currie urged motorists to follow simple crime prevention advice:
P Please park in a well-lit area if possible.
L Leave nothing on view or on the roof rack or top box.
E Empty your car of all valuables, including your satellite navigation system
A Always remove cheques, bankers cards and driving documents.
S Secure all your car windows, doors and boot.
E Ensure you remove your ignition keys.
D Don’t stick items, or the front of your Car Stereo under your seat.
He added: “Lets spoil the shopping trip of opportunist thieves and not your own, this way we can all be ‘pleased’ this Christmas.”