Thursday, 15 February 2007

Vehicle Crime targeted in Rushmoor

Police in Rushmoor have launched an operation in the Borough to prevent and detect vehicle crime.
As part of the force’s Safer Vehicles campaign, it aims to reduce the level of vehicle crime as well as encouraging those who live, work and visit the area to follow simple advice to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
The operation was launched in response to an increase in vehicle crime in the borough in recent weeks. In most cases, items such as stereos, cash and satellite navigation system equipment had been left on display. Sat Nav systems are particularly attractive to thieves who will also break into vehicles to search the glove box for these items.
Hotspot areas have been identified and a number of initiatives are being conducted to address the problem. This includes high visibility police patrols and crime prevention officers advising people on the measures than can be taken.
Safer Neighbourhoods Inspector, Paul Pressley, said: “We are committed to preventing and detecting vehicle crime. I want to send out a clear message to car criminals that we won’t tolerate these incidents and are determined to find those responsible and bring them before the courts.
“If this operation is to be successful it is vital that we receive any information from members of the public about vehicle crime and the criminals responsible.
“Also, car criminals couldn’t make any money if people didn’t buy stolen goods. I would also ask anyone who is offered cheap second hand goods, such as stereos or satellite navigation systems, to think twice and if it seems suspicious, report it to us.
“We also need the help of local people to help us discourage car criminals. For people who have older vehicles without lots of security features, I would strongly urge them to invest in a steering wheel lock or alarm. They are simple measures but they really do deter criminals.
“Also, do not leave anything of value in your car. If you want to keep your belongings safe take them with you and remove Sat Nav holders and suction marks from the windscreen.”
Anyone with any information should contact Aldershot or Farnborough police station on 0845 045 45 45 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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