Hopes pinned on 550 signs posted across borough

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HUNDREDS of signs have been put up across Doncaster as the latest effort in a bid to cut thefts from cars in the borough.

Officials have bought 550 signs which are being put up at sites which have been identified as hot spots for cars being broken into by criminals.

The A3-sized signs carry the words: “Don’t leave valuables in you car.”

In addition, 2,000 tax disc holders have been issued to residents who have been identified as leaving valuable items on display in their vehicles.

They carry the words: “Valuables have been removed from this vehicle.”

Safer Neighbourhood teams, made up of staff from the police and Doncaster Council, have been putting the signs up at locations including car parks, busy roadways, and entrances to villages.

It is the second phase of the car crime campaign, which was first launched last year.

Gavin Baldwin, Doncaster Council’s assistant director of communities, is hoping the signs will have a positive effect on the habits of motorists in the borough.

He said: “The signs are visible across Doncaster and we hope they will help cut vehicle crime in the borough. The message is simple - don’t leave valuables in your car.”

Police are keen to reduce the opportunities for thieves to take items from vehicles in the borough.

Det Insp Steve Whittaker said: “South Yorkshire Police are pleased to be part of this scheme to reinforce the message of not leaving valuables on display in vehicles.

“We are urging the public to make use of the stickers to deter opportunistic thieves. The signs in car parks remind people to remove valuables from their cars.”

The signs are going up at a time when police are reporting crime to be at its lowest level for 40 years.

Police figures show a 10 per cent fall in the number of offences in the last year, with a total of 26,379 offences recorded - 3,049 fewer than the previous year.