Survey highlights ‘vulnerable cars’

Vehicles left with sat navs, full shopping bags, gym equipment, handbags and even a credit card on full view were all discovered during an exercise organised by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC) to raise awareness about vehicle security.

MPAC members include Mansfield District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, the Police and Probation and the survey was conducted in one of the partners’ staff car park.

A team of Mansfield District Council wardens and PCSOs took part in the Vulnerable Vehicle project, looking through the windows of the vehicles.

They found 44 vehicles had been left with valuables on display.

“We hope that carrying out the exercise, making staff aware of the risks and offering advice will make them think about what they are leaving in their vehicles,” said Marsha Mann, Community Safety Officer with the Partnership.

“We also hope that encouraging them to talk about the exercise with other peoplewill encourage their family and friends to remove valuables from their vehicles too, both when they leave them in car parks and outside their own homes.”

A second survey is to be carried out in the same car park to see if the message has had an effect on staff behaviour.

Plans are also underway to repeat the Vulnerable Vehicle project in the car parks of other MPAC members.