Posted on 10th November 2014
Visitors test out police marked quad bike at vehicle security event
Safer Neighbourhood officers have been teaming up with partner agencies to encourage motorists to boost their vehicle security during a Carsington community event.
Throughout October, Safer Neighbourhood teams across the county have been offering security advice to help residents to better protect their vehicles from being targeted by thieves.
Officers have also been carrying out high visibility patrols across the Buxton Division to identify vehicle insecurities and offer relevant advice to the owner of the vehicle. This also included valuables such as sat-navs, mobile phones and handbags, being left on display.
To mark the end of the action month, officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team hosted a car crime prevention and Land Rover marking day for motorists in the area.
The event took place at Carsington Reservoir and saw officers working alongside the Roads Policing Unit and representatives from SmartWater to offer advice, support and car security freebies to visitors.
During the day, 18 Land Rovers were security marked with SmartWater. By doing so, this can aid police in tracing the owners or recovered stolen property, along with helping to deter criminals.
Community Safety Sergeant Steve England said: “This time of year can often see an increase in the number of thefts reported, so this event was all about offering practical crime prevention advice to help people to protect their property from would-be thieves.
“The event was a great success, which saw security products such as shed alarms, heavy duty security chains and light bulb timers being sold to visitors at a reduced cost, along with us handing out car freebies.
“This included ice scrapers ahead of the winter weather and also car air fresheners with a security message on to remind motorists to remove their valuables and to highlight to thieves that nothing has been left inside
“We also brought along a quad bike to help raise awareness and encourage farmers and residents living in the rural communities to sign up to our Farm Watch scheme.”
To find out more about the Farm Watch scheme, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
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Police offer security advice to passing motorists and cyclists