Posted on 13th December 2013
Drivers were handed free crime prevention packs and given advice on how to stop their vehicles from being targeted by thieves in a security campaign.
Officers and police cadets held six crime prevention events at Westfield Derby and the Wyvern and Kingsway retail parks.
The cadets, along with Safer Neighbourhood teams, Neighbourhood Watch and staff from Derby City Council, dished out 5,000 car air fresheners with security reminders on them.
They told drivers how they can improve security, what signs would-be thieves look out for and also handed out free purse bells and personal safety alarms.
PC Dave Keane, who helped organise the security events, said: “Keeping your car secure and taking steps such as removing valuables only takes a second.
“It also only takes a second for a thief to smash a window and take valuables from inside, so we want people to do everything they can to deter criminals.
“These partnership security events were a fantastic way for us to get that message across and the cadets did a great job in reminding drivers about their security.”
The security events were part of a campaign to reduce thefts from motor vehicles across Derby.
They were held at the car parks on three evenings in the first two weeks of December.