Campaign kicks-off to warn Mansfield motorists

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MOTORISTS who leave their cars insecure or valuables on display will be given advice as part of a police campaign following thefts from cars in Mansfield.

Nottinghamshire Police’s PCSOs, Special Constables and wardens will be paying special attention to parked vehicles and instances when thieves could strike.

If they come across unlocked cars or vehicles with valuables on display they will take down the vehicle’s details and will send a letter to the owner highlighting the risk of becoming a victim of crime as well as some simple but effective crime prevention advice.

The force has investigated ten reports of car crime in the last week alone.

In all but one case the vehicles had been left insecure.

Between 8pm on Monday 25th and 7.20am on Tuesday 26th March cash and a sat nav was taken from a car in Ling Forest Road in Mansfield

Thieves also struck in Ascot Drive, Mansfield, between 10.30pm on Monday 1st and 6am on Tuesday 2nd April, taking tools and a sat nav from a parked car.

On Tuesday 2nd April between 5.15am and 6.20am tools were stolen from a van which was parked in Sandfield Close.

Insp Neil Williams said: “The majority of these incidents have taken place because the vehicle was not left secure and that proved too tempting for an opportunistic thief.

“Together we need to make sure there are no opportunities for offenders to have an easy ride. Replacing items such as sat navs can be costly, not to mention the impact this can have on insurance claims.

“We are increasing both our high visibility and covert patrols in the area and visiting known car crime offenders, but the public can also play their part by following our advice to ensure they don’t become a victim.”

Police are urging people to follow tips to reduce the chance of falling victim to a thief.

Not only should all doors and windows be locked, they should not leave valuable items, including power leads, in the vehicle and, where possible, leave the glove box open and the boot parcel shelf off to show there is nothing of worth inside.

They should keep the vehicle in a locked garage, otherwise park it in a busy, well-lit area.

Also, consider marking items like sat navs and stereos with a forensic etching system or liquid, such as SmartWater, and record them on a property register, such as at www.immobilise.com

To report suspicious activity or if you have any information about the incidents above contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.