Keeping a watchful eye on vehicle crimePhotograph of PCSO's on foot patrol


Owners of insecure vehicles and vehicles identified as being vulnerable to thefts will be targeted by North Wales Police as part of an ongoing Vehicle Crime Campaign.


Under the slogan, “Leave it on show, expect it to go” the campaign is aimed at reducing the number of thefts from vehicles across the force area.


Patrolling officers and colleagues from partner organisations will be working together to identify vulnerable vehicles that have valuable items on display. Registration details of the vehicles will be noted and registered owners will be sent a letter informing them of the particular vulnerability along with a crime prevention pack.


“This is about educating vehicle owners,” said Inspector Julie Sheard, who is in charge of the North Wales Police Community Safety Team.


“The majority of vehicle crime is avoidable. Opportunist thieves will target vehicles, especially when items are left on display, because they know they will get something out of it.


“It only takes seconds to ensure your vehicle is locked and that valuable items are either removed or hidden out of sight.”


The scheme was initially launched in Flintshire and proved to be a great success. It is now active across the North Wales Force area and the results so far are very positive.


Examples of items that have been left on display include satellite navigation systems, laptops, mobile phones and wallets left on seats. Some vehicle owners have also attempted to hide items by using their jackets or coats, which can be even more tempting for a thief.


Inspector Sheard added: “The feedback we have received so far has been great. We have received numerous phone calls from people to say thank you for the advice. This scheme provides us with the opportunity to educate vehicle owners. If items are removed from vehicles, so too is the temptation to break in to the car to steal from it.”


Emma Anthony, Acting Parking Manager at Conwy County Borough Council said, “Our parking staff often notice valuable items left in vehicles and regularly offer advice to people who about to leave their vehicles unattended with valuables on display.  We fully support this campaign to raise awareness of the simple steps that we can all take to keep our belongings safe.” 


If you know of someone who is committing car crime, or involved with the selling of stolen goods, please contact North Wales Police on the non-emergency number 101, or 0300 330 0101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Further advice regarding how to keep your vehicle and belongings safe can be found in our Advice & Support section


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