A London council is backing police shock tactics that involve removing items left in unlocked cars to stop motorists making the same mistake twice.
Officers in Richmond upon Thames in London are determined to make motorists more aware of the dangers of leaving valuable items in a parked car so have started to target careless owners.
Police have been removing items such as handbags, laptops and satnavs from unsecured vehicles and leaving a note telling them they can retrieve their items from Twickenham police station.
They hope motorists returning to unlocked cars to find items missing will be more careful about their property
A Richmond upon Thames LBC spokesman said: “We fully support this initiative and we are particularly proud of the relationship we have with the police.
“We do have an issue with theft in the borough and particularly theft from cars.”
He warned that the attractive appearance of the suburb “lulls householders and car owners into a false sense of security”, with many leaving keys under flowerpots and items on display.