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Crack down on car crime


10:13am 2nd November 2011

Selby police are urging motorists to be extra vigilant with their tools and valuables following a spate of 39 thefts from vehicles in the district.

In particluar, they want to hammer the message home to tradesmen to take their tool security seriously after 24 of those thefts were from vans containing tools.

Areas hardest hit have been Selby town centre, South Milford, Monk Fryston and Brayton.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team and Selby District Community Safety Partnership will be holding a series of crime prevention road-shows and are urging tradesmen to come along and pick up a crime prevention pack and advice.

The free, crime prevention packs include ultra violet marker pens, signs saying “no tools kept in this vehicle’, details of the Immobilise register and crime prevention advice.

Vehicle owners are also being urged to register their property with Immobilise, the national property register. If you can’t spare the time to do this, police volunteers will do it for you. All you need to do is bring the details of your property to the road-show and police will register it online.

This means that you will be quickly be reunited with your goods if they are stolen and recovered.

Acting Inspector Michelle Falkingham of Selby police, said:

“Tools are extremely valuable assets and their loss can hugely affect a small business.

“We’re asking vehicle owners to follow some simple crime prevention advice. It is vitally important that owners remove their tools if their vehicle is going to be left unattended for long periods of time or overnight.

“Place a notice on your vehicle to say that tools are not kept in it overnight.

“Please also remove valuables such as sat-navs and personal possessions. Leaving them on display is like handing an invitation to thieves.

“You can also register your tools with the Immobilise database. If you can’t spare the time to do this yourself, attend the roadshow and police volunteers will do it for you. All you have to do is supply the police with the details of your property and we will do the rest.”

Colin Moreton of Selby District Community Safety Partnership, said:

“A few simple steps can help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

“We have put together a pack containing everything you need to know and do to help prevent you losing your valuables. Lots of expert advice will be available at the road-show. Please come and see us and do your bit to protect your property.”

In addition to the road-shows, police will be visiting builders’ merchants to hand out crime prevention posters.

The initiative forms part of Operation Anzac which was launched earlier this year which also involves Roads Policing Officers who target cross-border criminals who travel from out of the area, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team and high-visibility patrols in hot-spot areas.

The road-shows will be held on the follow days:
Friday 4 November 2011, 8am - 10am at The Three Lakes Buisness Park, Selby.
Tuesday 8 November 2011, 8am - 10am at Selby Buisness Park, Bawtry Road, Selby.

Future dates will be uploaded to the force website.

Facts and figures

  • 39 vehicles broken into in Selby District during September and October 2011
  • 11 vehicles had been left insecure
  • 24 thefts involving works vans
  • 16 offences where power tools were stolen
  • Attacked vehicles mainly parked on streets or residential driveways
  • Total value of property stolen in two months valued at £25,198
  • The average value of one item of property stolen from a vehicle in Selby is £359.97.

Crime prevention advice :

  • You must remove your tools overnight
  • Mark you tools with an ultraviolet pen (available at the roadshow)
  • 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 unless it is impossible to remove them , 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.

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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