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York Police Carry Out Day of Action


2:27pm 13th June 2013

A “day of action” involving 40 members of York North Safer Neighbourhood Team has been hailed a huge success.

During the concentrated crime blitz on Tuesday 11 June 2013, 20 police officers and 20 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) checked 4,300 vehicles, issued thousands of vehicle and home security packs, executed five warrants - two under the Misuse of Drugs Act and three for non-payment of fines.

The force’s mobile safety camera targeted four roads in the area and PCSOs worked with the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency to target un-taxed vehicles.  

Following a warrant executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at a property in Lowther Street, a 44-year-old man was arrested and given a caution for possessing small amounts of cannabis and heroin.

Three warrants were executed for the non-payment of fines:

A 32-year-old woman from Elston Close was arrested for non-payment of a Magistrates’ Court fine of £275. She was due to appear in court on 12 June.

A 40-year-old woman from Rockingham Avenue was arrested for non-payment of a £925 Magistrates’ Court fine. She was also due to appear in court on 12 June.

A third warrant resulted in the collection of a £280 fine and the issue of a police warning for possession of cannabis.

A further drugs warrant was carried out at a property on Kingsway North, although no arrests were made at this location.

In a bid to cut down on the number of thefts from vehicles, officers checked  4,300 vehicles and found 68 with valuables left on display.

PC Steve Skeoch, who organised the operation and whose beat covers The Groves area of York, said: “The ‘day of action’ was an intense concentration of what we do on a daily basis but on a much larger scale.

“Theft from vehicles is a problem in the area and one of the main messages of the day was how important it is to remove all your valuables from your vehicle. Criminals are looking for your phones, bags, shopping, even loose change, and if the opportunity is there, they will take it.

“Out of 4,300 vehicles we found 68 with valuables left on display. Although this is a low percentage, it’s 68 potential victims of crime.

“We also handed out burglary prevention packs and Neighbourhood Watch packs. Sneak-in burglaries through unlocked doors and windows are a problem, especially in the summer months. Always be vigilant and make sure you lock your doors and windows if you are not close by. A general rule is, if you can’t see it, lock it.”

He added: “Drug use and its associated criminality causes misery for local people and the warrants carried out during the day sends a clear message that we will take action if we suspect drug-related crime is taking place. Similar warrants are carried out regularly and criminals should take note that it may be their door we knock on next time.”

Officers also promoted the Clifton Moor Against Crime (CMAC) radio scheme among retailers in the area with three further businesses interested in joining the scheme. The radios provide retailers with an information sharing network so they can alert each other about suspicious activity and people, providing an early warning of potential shoplifters. The radios also provide a link direct to the police so they can respond quickly to any incidents.

The mobile safety camera was deployed to four locations between 10am and 8pm and captured 169 speeding motorists. 160 were eligible to take up an offer of a speed awareness course and nine were issued with fixed penalty tickets.

The DVLA handed motorists £1,500 worth of fines for road tax offences and seized three vehicles.

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