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Selby police revved up to tackle car crime

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12:00am 12th August 2011

Selby police have launched a proactive campaign to combat vehicle crime in rural areas of the district.

Operation ANZAC has been introduced after an increase of thefts of vehicles and thefts from vehicles over the last five months.

144 incidents have been reported within the district since May 2011 and officers are taking positive action to put a stop to the issue.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be supported by officers from the force's Road Policing Group and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) team as they target hotspot areas around the times the incidents are being committed - usually during the hours of darkness but also at peak times during the day.

Officers are urging residents to support the operation by reporting any suspicious activity and removing all items of value from their vehicles when leaving them unattended.

Acting Sgt David Hunter, of Selby Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"It is unusual to have a such a high number of vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles in such a short space of time in Selby District.

"We have put Operation ANZAC in place to target those responsible, gather vital intelligence and offer reassurance to our communities, particularly those in rural locations.

"We are increasing patrols in hot spot areas at the key times and will be on the lookout for unusual activity as well as stopping and questioning people we believe are behaving suspiciously.

"We hope that our high-visibility patrols will help to deter potential offenders and prevent any further incidents.
In addition to the police action, A/Sgt Hunter said members of the public have a big part to play in assisting the operation by remaining alert and taking responsibility for their possessions."

He said:

"I am appealing to the community to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity immediately.

"It is important that vehicles are emptied of valuables, particularly commercial vehicles and those belonging to trades people as they are generally targeted by thieves looking for tools and machinery."

North Yorkshire Police are offering the following advice to help guard against vehicle crime:

* Park in well lit areas.
* Park your vehicle in a garage or driveway, if you have one.
* Install sensor lights and security cameras.
* Remove all valuables, including sat-navs and radios from unattended vehicles.
* Don't hide valuables from view, thieves know the popular hiding places.
* Check all doors are locked and the windows and sunroof are closed.
* If you have an alarm - use it.
* Check if there are any suspicious people around before leaving your vehicle.
* Use anti-theft devices, such as, steering locks and immobilisers.

For more crime prevention advice visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention
If you would like to report vehicle crime or any suspicious activity in your area contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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