Keep track of your car!

The theft of satellite navigation units in the borough has recently increased, so Safer Merton is issuing some simple, easy to follow crime prevention advice.

Safer Merton is continually looking at ways in which to tackle car crime, and they would ask car owners in Merton to follow these basic tips:

q Always lock your car – even if you are leaving it only for a few seconds.

q Never leave anything in your car, as it only takes a few seconds for a thief to smash your window and take off.

q Do not leave any part of the satellite navigation system in or on display in the car.

q Regularly rub off the suction marks on the windscreen, as criminals look for the tell tale signs.

q Security mark your satellite navigation unit, stereo or other equipment with a ultra violet pen and register it at

At present, Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon Park are the main hotspots in Merton for this particular crime.

Councillor David Simpson, cabinet member for Partnerships and Community Safety said:

“This is practical commonsense advice that we should all take notice of. An extra moment looking after our own security is a great deterrent to the criminal and saves individual anguish when damage is caused and valuable police time too.”

Merton Police motor vehicle crime team said:

“Motor vehicle crime is a concern that people should be mindful of. If you require helpful tips on how to prevent this type of crime or further assistance, then please call the crime reduction unit at Merton Police on 020 8649 3249.

Safer Merton is the local crime and drugs reduction partnership. Its partners include a range of agencies including the council and police who work together to reduce problems related to crime, anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol misuse.

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