Police on the beat warn drivers 'lock it or lose it'

New Mills officers targeted unlocked vehicles to warn drivers about the need for better security.
New Mills officers targeted unlocked vehicles to warn drivers about the need for better security.

Derbyshire police officers are encouraging better vehicle security after beat officers found six vehicles left unlocked with expensive property on show.

Over recent weeks, police have received a number of reports of vehicles being targeted in the town and valuables being stolen, particularly in the areas of Mellor Road, Hayfield Road, and Batemill Road, said the force.

Sergeant Adam Harrison and PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team patrolled a New Mills area and dished out leaflets to raise security awareness.

Sergeant Adam Harrison and PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team patrolled a New Mills area and dished out leaflets to raise security awareness.

As part of the police action to tackle the thefts, Sergeant Adam Harrison and PCSO Lee Baker from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team were joined by colleagues from the Glossop beat to carry out targeted patrols.

And while on patrol on Wednesday, July 13 the team six unlocked vehicles and one with a window left open in the space of two hours. Items were on display in the cars including a dash cam, sat nav, mobile phone and a number of purses were found to be left on display.

PCSO Lee Baker from the town’s Safer Neighbourhood team said: “Over recent weeks we have had a number of vehicles in the town being broken into and these checks were part of our action to tackle the crime.

“From sat navs, handbags, and power tools to a foldable bike, suitcase and mobile phone. It was quite shocking to see the number of valuable items left on display, or where they have just simply been left insecure.

On patrol they found six unlocked vehicles and one with a window left open.

On patrol they found six unlocked vehicles and one with a window left open.

“I would encourage all motorists to take simple steps to help deter a criminal from targeting their vehicle. Don’t make it easy for thieves, remove all valuables and make sure that it is properly secure with the windows up and doors locked before leaving it unattended, even for a short amount of time.”

During the checks, 500 leaflets were also delivered to homes in the area to encourage motorists to protect their property from thieves. Advice includes:

- Parking in well-lit, open areas and using a garage or driveway if possible;

- Ensuring no valuable items including mobile phones and handbags are left on display inside your vehicle. Even bags or clothes could entice a would be thief;

- Removing sat-navs or mobile phone cradles from display and wiping away any marks left on the window;

- Installing an alarm system and ensuring that is activated;

- Making sure your vehicle is locked and secure before leaving it unattended;

- Marking all your vehicle equipment, such as your car stereo, with your vehicle registration number.

- Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in action.

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