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Police team up to drive down crime in beauty spot car parks near Hathersage

Posted on 20th August 2014


 Hathersage police are teaming up to tackle theft from vehicles in beauty spot car parks.

Throughout August, Derbyshire Constabulary are running a campaign to combat vehicle crime across the county. The campaign aims to increase awareness of vehicle security to further protect the public from becoming a victim of crime.

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working alongside South Yorkshire Police to carry out patrols of rural car parks in Stanage Edge, Hathersage.

The cross boarder initiative sees officers working together to drive down theft from vehicles by speaking to motorists about the importance of crime prevention.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Thefts from vehicles usually peak in the summer months as people often leave their vehicles insecure and with the windows open.

“During this operation, we have been working alongside our colleagues at South Yorkshire police to identify any unattended vehicles which have been left insecurely or with valuables on show.

“We will continue to speak to motorists about the importance of ensuring that vehicles are properly secure and that any valuables are taken with them where possible or placed safely out of view in the vehicle.”

Crime prevention advice includes:

  • Make sure you lock all windows and doors when leaving your vehicle unattended - even if it's only for a short amount of time;
  • Keep any valuables out of sight, either in the boot or not in the car at all;
  • If you have a sat nav, wipe the windscreen after you have removed it so there is no mark where the holder was placed;
  • Park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible.

The joint initiative will continue to run throughout August alongside Derbyshire Constabulary’s vehicle crime drive.

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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