News from the Village of Belmesthorpe – May 2021


Car crime, i.e. theft of cars and theft of property from cars, is one of the most 

common types of crime in Rutland. 

The following advice on how to avoid being a victim of car crime comes from John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network. 

Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked. There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves, if left unattended after a peri-od of time. This isn’t always correct. Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it. This is also incorrect: both new and old cars are equally at risk. 

Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods. The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate, Neighbour-hood Watch is advising everyone to follow three simple steps: 

1. Locked: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. A simple mistake that can prove calamitous; 

2. Lit: 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves; 

3. Empty (or with no items on show.) Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself. 

Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. 

Remember: always leave your car LOCKED, LIT and EMPTY: 

Adrian Gombault Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association