Putting the brakes on car crime

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A Derbyshire Dales community safety partnership advising motorists how they can help put the brakes on car crime this Bank Holiday.

Posters warning motorists not to leave valuables in their car have been placed in the District Council’s pay and display car parks.

Promoted by the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership - which includes Derbyshire Dales District Council and the police - the campaign aims to keep car crime at the current low rate.

Officers from local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams are also helping to target the issue by stepping up patrols and issuing information cards to motorists.

DDDC Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, also Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership said: “With another Bank Holiday on the way, we expect our car parks to be busier than ever, so this campaign is well timed, reminding us to be on our guard against opportunist thieves.”

Inspector Bryan Hall said: “This campaign has a very simple but effective message that encourages motorists to help themselves. It’s “Nothing In, Nothing Out”: when parking up, make sure all valuables are removed from your vehicle – and that means bags, coats, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems including tell-tale add-ons such as sat nav windscreen holders. If nothing is left in the vehicle, then nothing can be stolen from it.”

To report suspicious activity or if you have any information about crime, call Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.