[11 OCT 00]
WARWICKSHIRE CONSTABULARY NEWS
Gift Wrap Easy Pickings For Car Thieves
in Warwickshire are urging people not to give opportunist thieves
a gift-wrapped present by leaving tempting goods on show in their
campaign is being launched to highlight what kind of things are
regularly stolen from cars in the county.
are being warned to conceal anything that might prove tempting.
The list includes obvious valuables such as golf clubs, lap top
computers, tools, money and briefcases to simple things like a can
Supt Vernon Jones, who was today launching the initiative, said:
we are pleased in Warwickshire to report a dramatic decline in
car crime in the county, we are working on further initiatives
to reduce theft from cars and theft of cars.
month a newly-formed unit was set up in the county targeting car
in the south, a team of five officers are focusing on
a result, ten people have subsequently been charged with theft
from and theft of vehicles.
1998/99 there were 8,691 incidents in the county, and 8,621 in
1999/20000. During the first six months of this year there have
been 3,643 – a reduction of 23 per cent compared to last year.
Supt Jones added:
the county we are working towards identifying and catching the
criminals and I would urge the public to support us by making it
difficult for thieves to success.
leave any possessions in vehicles and follow basic crime
prevention advice to reduce the risk of car theft.”