Keeping a watchful eye on vehicle crime
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 only takes seconds to ensure your vehicle
is locked and that valuable items are either removed or hidden out
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
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
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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