Posted on 26th March 2014
Glossop residents were invited to get their security into gear to protect their valuables from criminals.
Safer Neighbourhood officers visited Halfords store in Glossop to encourage shoppers to increase their security during a crime prevention initiative.
During the drive, which took place on Saturday, March 22, residents were given the opportunity to get their property security marked in a bid to deter criminals.
The event saw police security mark a number of items including seventeen bikes and 49 mobile phones.
Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team also fitted 23 vehicles with anti-theft number plate screws.
The screws are designed to deter opportunists from targeting a vehicle as they make it difficult to remove the number plates.
While the devices can be fitted by a normal screwdriver, they cannot be removed with one. This reduces the risk of number plates being stolen or cloned, and can prevent offenders from committing a crime which cannot be traced back to them.
PC Julian Gallagher from the local policing team said: “Events like this are a great opportunity for us to head out into the community and encourage motorists and cyclists to protect themselves from crime.
“It was a great success which saw many people increasing the security on their valuables to deter criminals, whether it was marking up their mobile phone or having anti-theft screws fitted to their vehicle.
“We offered out crime prevention advice to shoppers such as removing any valuables from their vehicle, parking in well-lit, overlooked areas and ensuring that their vehicle or bike is never left unattended and unsecured in public view.”
Other crime prevention advice includes:
- Buy a good quality lock for your bike and secure it whenever it is left unattended;
- Store your bike in a locked garage, shed or bike lock-up where possible;
- Register bikes with a nation property register, such as www.bikeregister.com or www.immobilise.com;
- Always use the steering lock on your vehicle;
- Consider purchasing an alarm, immobiliser and secondary locks such as a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.
Officers will be visiting Halfords in Glossop on Saturday, May 10 to encourage more residents to security mark their valuables. The event will run from 10am until 3pm.
To speak to your local policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.