Police target drivers whose cars are at risk

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Police in north Derbyshire are trialling a scheme to remind motorists to keep their cars secure and not leave valuables on display.

The scheme has been launched to help cut the number of incidents where thieves take advantage of unlocked doors or are tempted by valuables being left on display.

Patrol officers in Safer Neighbourhood policing teams taking part in the trial are keeping an eye out for vehicles more at risk.

Officers will try to contact the owner to make them aware and raise awareness of the risk and encourage them to follow crime prevention advice.

If the owner cannot be contacted, a letter will be sent to them with details of what officers found, along with further advice and information on the scheme.

Safer Neighbourhood Sgt Mark Church, whose teams are taking part in the trial, said: “We know from previous experience that there are offenders who will look for vehicles which have been left unlocked, have a window open, or have valuables on show.

“The Vulnerable Vehicle Scheme allows officers the opportunity to look out for these vehicles while carrying out their duties and provide relevant advice to motorists, with the aim of preventing crime in our area.”

The Vulnerable Vehicle Scheme is being piloted in Chesterfield town centre, Walton, Ashgate, Brampton, Boythorpe, Grangewood, Birdholme, Hasland, Hady, Newbold, Brockwell, Loundsley Green, Dunston, Whittington Moor and St Helen’s.

If the scheme is successful it will be rolled out to other parts of Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover.

n For more information on the Vulnerable Vehicle Scheme contact Inspector Russell Dakin on 101.