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Swadlincote major operation to end rise in vehicle crime

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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POLICE officers will be going from door to door in areas across South Derbyshire as part of an effort to crackdown on vehicle related crime.

Derbyshire Police has recently been rocked by an increase of thefts from vehicles - mainly number plates - in the south of the county.

In a bid to try and reduce this officers have been taking part in special events across the area dishing out car safety advice and helping to fit tamper proof screws to number plates.

However, in a bid to reach even more people, officers will now be knocking on doors in the worst hit areas to try and educate people about being 'car safe'.

Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for Derby South, spoke to the Mail about the plan.

He said: "While we have started to see a noted rise in the levels of vehicle related crime in the area, we still want to keep crime figures down.

"As a result, we are going to follow up our successful initiatives where people can come for help and advice by heading out into the community and knocking on some doors.

"We hope that this will allow us to speak to people who perhaps may have been a victim of this type of crime and we can help them in terms of vehicle safety and crime prevention advice."

The north west safer neighbourhood policing team, who cover Hilton, Hatton and Etwall, have now completed three events special vehicle safety events along with Safer South Derbyshire Partnership and the CVS Handy Van Scheme.

Together they have fitted more than 139 cars with tamper proof screws free of charge.

Officers from the Melbourne neighbourhood team held an event earlier this month, again working with the partnership and CVS and 42 cars were fitted with the tamper proof screws.

PC Vic Ball, from the Melbourne team, said: "Tamper proof number plate screws are fitted to car registration plates in order to prevent criminals from stealing them and using the plates in crime.

"We had a great turnout and members of the public thought that it was a great idea to deter criminals.

"We have also had feedback from one vehicle owner on how good the tamper proof screws are."

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