Published: Monday, 25 February 2013
Police in Blaenau Gwent are calling on local people to help them reduce vehicle-related crime.
Following a number of reports of thefts from vehicles and damage being caused to vehicles, officers are urging residents to take note of crime prevention information that can help prevent them from becoming a victim.
Officers are also warning those responsible that such crimes will not be tolerated and both visible and covert patrols have been stepped up to catch offenders.
Sergeant Matt Briggs, who is leading the drive to reduce vehicle-associated crime, said: "I would like to ask people to report any suspicious activity to us and to take some precautions when parking their vehicle.
"For example, you can help to protect your vehicle from vandalism by folding in the wing mirrors, or by parking in areas that are covered by CCTV. Or you can make sure you remove all valuables from a vehicle when leaving it unattended.
"Please be reassured that your Neighbourhood Policing team is doing everything possible to reduce crime further and we are on regular patrols in your area. By looking after your vehicle, remaining vigilant, keeping your property safe and keeping an eye out in your neighbourhood, you can reduce the chance of being affected by crime."
Every time you leave your vehicle unattended:
• Try to park in a well-lit area, covered by CCTV if possible
• Turn wing mirrors in to prevent damage
• Lock the vehicle
• Close the windows
• Remove all items and property that are on view
• Remove pull-out radios
• Remove satellite navigation devices and their holders
• Remove the marks on windscreens that are often left behind from satellite navigation holders
• Do not leave satellite navigation devices in the glove compartment
• If you have an alarm or immobiliser, then use it
• Keep your keys in a safe place and never leave them in the ignition
Residents are urged to report any information, or suspicious activity, immediately by calling Gwent Police on 101.
People can also join OWL (Online Watch Link), which will enable you to keep up to date with local policing issues and concerns. To sign up please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (details can be found at www.gwent.police.uk) or click on www.owl.co.uk/gwent to register your details.
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