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Residents in the Buxton area urged to keep their vehicles secure

Posted on 24th January 2014

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PCSO Cook hands out security advice to motorists

Officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team headed out on patrol in a bid to up car security in the area.

Following a number of thefts from vehicles in Buxton and Fairfield, officers are urging residents to take extra steps to protect their vehicles from becoming a victim of crime.

Since the start of January there have been thirteen incidents where items including wallets, phones and sat-navs have been taken from vehicles.

On Friday, January 17, PC Mark Parkinson and PCSO Linda Cook patrolled the car park of Springs Shopping Centre, Buxton, as part of a vehicle security check.

Information leaflets were placed on vehicles to encourage residents to up their security.

During the checks, officers saw numerous items on display in the cars including two hand bags, high value copper, a mountain bike, sat-navs and an iPhone.

PC Parkinson said: “We have had a number of thefts from vehicles in the Buxton area over the past few weeks and the checks were part of action to tackle that crime.

“Simple steps can be taken to help discourage a criminal from targeting your vehicle by ensuring that no items are left on display and removed completely where possible.

“I would like to encourage all residents to remain vigilant and to report anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles so that we can stop a crime before it happens.”

Other items discovered during the checks included an ID card, sunglasses, alcohol and specialist climbing equipment.

The team will be heading out on the beat to distribute crime prevention leaflets in the area in a bid to put the brakes on car crime.

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

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