Sep 11 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
POLICE have warned drivers about being 'careless' with their valuables - after a string of thefts from cars.
Pinner police say they want to stop drivers leaving their motor vehicles unlocked or leaving their belongings on display.
They have warned that thieves are targeting cars with simple objects on view, such as satellite navigation holders and sunglasses.
And they have also alerted motorists to the problem of 'opportunist' thieves, who try their luck by opening cars until they find one unlocked, which they say is a particular problem in Pinner.
PCSO (Police Community Support Officer)Paula Walker said: "It's really important that people understand that just because Pinner is known as a 'safe' place it does not mean that they can leave their motor vehicles unlocked. People leaving cars open at night are being careless and must make sure every door is locked. It is vital that nothing is left on display.
"Simple things like sunglasses, satellite navigation holders and even loose change will attract thieves. People will steal anything, it is just not worth it."
The police are cracking down on people who leave their cars as an invitation to be broken into."
PCSO Lee O'Brien said: "The car parks in Pinner are obvious places where thieves may go, we have found that the car park for the LIDL store has more break ins because there is no CCTV around there.
"Everyone must remember that thieves will take anything, loose change is becoming a problem because drivers need it for car parking charges and then leave it in their cars."
Pinner police are carrying out routine walk arounds, checking peoples cars in residential streets, if they find a car unlocked or displaying valuable objects they track down the owner using the registration number plate and knock on the door to alert them.
PSCO Walker added: "Obviously we are encouraging people to lock their cars and make sure nothing is on show for thieves, but a local taxi driver recently told me that he has had so many break-ins that he now leaves his car unlocked, but with absolutely nothing in it, he is fed up of spending so much money fixing the damage."
When recently checking Love Lane car park, Pinner police found golf clubs, a suitcase and a sat navigation holder on display in three different cars. A prime example of careless drivers, they say.