Message sent by Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

We are reminding visitors to the New Forest this weekend not to leave anything of value in their vehicles.

Our Ringwood and Fordingbridge neighbourhood policing teams will be visiting car parks to give out drawstring bags – funded by the New Forest Community Safety Partnership – so you can take your valuables with you on your walk.

Officers can be seen at:

Saturday 29 April:
Woods Corner from 2pm to 2.30pm
Rockford Common 2pm to 2.30pm
Burbrush from 3pm to 3.30pm
Fritham from 3pm to 3.30pm
Oakley from 4pm to 4.30pm
Ashley Walk from 4pm to 4.30pm

Sunday 30 April:
Anderwood from 2pm to 2.30pm
Martin Down from 2pm to 2.30pm
Holmsley from 3pm to 3.30pm
Godshill Enclosure from 3pm to 3.30pm
Burley and Clay Hill from 4pm to 4.30pm
Janesmoor Pond from 4pm to 4.30pm

We will also be giving out crime prevention advice and leaflets, as well as notices telling would-be thieves that your car is empty.

Help keep your car safe by following these simple tips:

– Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside your car. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a thief.

– Don’t hide your valuables in the boot. Someone may be watching.

– Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes.

– Double check it’s locked. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For further crime prevention advice, go to: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/vehicle-crime/