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Summer car crime campaign gets into gear with security reminders for drivers

Posted on 24th July 2013


Visitors to beauty spots are being urged to make their vehicles less attractive to thieves during a campaign to clamp down on summer car crime.

Scores of car parks across the Derbyshire Dales have had warning posters put up reminding drivers not to leave valuables on show.

Postcards with crime prevention advice will also be placed on car windscreens telling people what they can do to make their cars secure, such as ensuring the windows are shut and that it is not parked in a secluded area.

Police will also be monitoring car parks and increasing high-visibility and plain clothes patrols to catch offenders.

The annual campaign is being led by the police and Derbyshire Dales District Council, which together head up the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership.

It is hoped the re-launched summer car crime campaign will help put the brakes on theft from vehicles and criminal damage in car parks across the Dales.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth leads Safer Neighbourhood teams in the Bakewell area and has already been out speaking to drivers about the campaign.

He said: “There are so many beauty spots in our area that draw tens of thousands of visitors and peak over the summer.

“It’s vital that those visitors are able to come here and enjoy Derbyshire without becoming victims of crime, and this campaign is designed to help them do that.

“Thieves are opportunists and will only target a car if they think there is something to gain. Simple things such as taking valuables with you or putting them out of sight, rubbing sat nav marks off the windscreen and locking your door can be very effective.

“We’ll be telling people that during our patrols and with the posters and cards, to ensure people can visit the Dales and know they’re safe from crime.”

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is also Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said: “Campaigns such as this are the reason the Dales remains such a safe place to live, work and visit.

“In fighting crime to maintain and improve this district’s impressive safety record, we absolutely refuse to be complacent. And we’re advising motorists to be equally vigilant.”

Posters and postcards will be placed by Safer Neighbourhood teams across the Derbyshire Dales, including the areas of Ashbourne, Matlock, Bakewell, Hathersage, Dovedale and Carsington.

Police also want members of the public who spot suspicious activity and think a crime may be committed to report it immediately on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

To find out more and to speak to your local officers, call 101. 









Summer Car Crime windscreens


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