The importance of making sure valuables are not kept visible in cars is something motorists are often reminded of, and it is critical never to be complacent.
If ever proof of this were needed, it has been provided by an incident in what was supposedly a secure car park at Manchester International Airport.
Holidaymakers returned from overseas at the end of last week to find that 12 vehicles had been attacked, with windows put through as thieves sought to steal any valuables they could extract from them.
Travellers who had used the car park had paid substantial sums to ensure their cars were safe while they were away, but were told by airport security that there had been a spate of incidents and there was nothing that could be done about it.
Enraged passengers included Peter Rawlings from Middlewich in Cheshire, who had paid £96 for parking while he took a week-long trip to Benidorm.
He said: "On the way home I then received a text message from GMP to say they couldn’t take my case any further even though there is CCTV in the car park.
"The car park is advertised as safe and secure and that your car is left in safe hands so when you return from holiday you expect it to be in the same condition."
He added that a "beautiful" jacket he had been given by his late wife was taken, and that he was forced to take a day off to get the window fixed. With the loss of earnings and £85 window replacement cost he had to "fork out" £600 in total.
While this particular incident will have affected holidaymakers and their own cars, it may also act as a reminder to drivers of fleet vehicles that they should never take it for granted that the contents of the car will be safe, even in supposedly secure parking facilities.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, commented: "There are very few truly safe car parks, so it is important to ensure that you don't leave valuables in a car where they can be seen by opportunistic thieves."
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Posted on 17th July 2018
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