Police officer who fell victim to vehicle crime warns motorists to be secure (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police officer who fell victim to vehicle crime warns motorists to be secure
A POLICE officer who was the victim of vehicle theft is warning motorists to make sure their cars are properly secured.
The officer, from Darlington, had items stolen from his car after unwittingly leaving it unlocked recently.
The officer – who did not wish to be named - believed he had locked his car with its remote-controlled key but was unaware of how the remote operated.
He is now urging people using remote keys to check their instruction manuals and make sure their cars are properly locked after a spate of similar thefts in the Heighington and Coniscliffe area.
He said: “I pressed the button on my keys and heard the click so presumed the car was locked but I didn’t realise it needed to be pressed twice for the car to be dead-locked.
“It proves that even people who are crime-conscious, like I am, can make mistakes.”
The issue has been raised several times at PACT meetings.
In response, police and councillors are working to raise awareness of the issue and will be distributing leaflets throughout the ward.
Anyone with information about vehicle theft should contact the police on non-emergency number 101.