Police in Coventry are
cracking down on car crime in a bid to stop misery for motorists in
the run-up to Christmas as the number offences has bucked regional
trends and risen.
High-visibility patrols will
be sent out on the beat, and known offenders will be targeted.
Security staff will also be urged to patrol their car parks in the
approach to Christmas.
The initiative is being
launched by officers at Little Park Street to try and stop the
increase in car crime.
Supt Paul Diehl, operations
“People should be on their
guard and help us to help them by simply looking after their own
Crime prevention tips include
doors, windows, the boot and sunroof every time you leave your
use steering locks and other security devices
your ignition key out even if you are parked at a petrol station
or in your garage
leave valuables on display and never leave cheque books or credit
cards, driving documents or mobile phones in the car
Officers on patrol will keep a
look out for vulnerable vehicles, which may have been left unlocked,
have valuables on display or parked in a place that makes it easy prey
Supt Diehl said:
“Once a vulnerable vehicle
has been located, officers will fill in a form recording the
“Once they return to base,
a pre-printed letter will be sent to the registered keeper giving
advice on how to keep their vehicle as safe as possible to void
becoming a victim of crime.
“Theft of and from
vehicles represents nearly a quarter of all crime in this county. We
are determined to do everything possible to make those living,
shopping and working in Coventry as safe as possible and keep these
thieves from spoiling the festive season.”