Caerphilly motorists... Don't give thieves the chance!

During September and October this year, the Castle View area of Caerphilly saw a sharp rise in vehicle crime. Over these two months, the area saw 17 vehicles broken into and items stolen.
Out of the 17 cars / vans, 15 of these were unlocked.
Since October 2016, Caerphilly Officers have conducted proactive, targeted patrols and as a result a 27 year old man was charged with two offences of theft. He has since attended court and received a 12 month Community Order and a 6 month drug Rehabilitation Order.
Last weekend an event was held to educate residents and drivers about vehicle crime and help prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime in the future. The event was to demonstrate how simple every day mistakes can make your vehicle a target to criminals.
The team set up a dummy vehicle in Castle View Shops car park. They then asked local residents and shoppers if they could spot the twelve mistakes with the vehicle. These common mistakes included: loose change in the cup holder, missing parcel shelf, sat nav holder on windscreen and a coat left on the back seats. Many of the participants spotted all twelve common mistakes which was great to see. The event was a great success.
Caerphilly and Bedwas Inspector Andy O’Keefe said: “This initiative is designed to take a different approach in respect of crime prevention advice. It is a bit of fun to find all the items on view but has a serious message to show just how vulnerable we leave ourselves to being victims of car crime if we don’t put items out of view and lock our cars. If this makes residents stop and check before leaving their car it is well worth it!”

Source:: Gwent Police News

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