A MAJOR crackdown on vehicle crime in South Derbyshire has been launched.
Derbyshire Police has recently been rocked by an increase in thefts from vehicles – mainly number plates – in the south of the county.
The campaign, which will be running throughout August, will look to educate the public on how to secure their vehicles and prevent this type of crime.
One of the issues that will be addressed is victims leaving their windows open and vehicles unlocked – a major problem in South Derbyshire.
Detective Chief Inspector Hayley Barnett, who is leading the campaign, said: "Most car crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable.
"There are a number of ways that you can reduce the chances of vehicles becoming a target.
"Remember to lock all windows and doors when leaving your vehicle unattended, even if it is just for a short time.
"Ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicles and not left on display.
"If a sat-nav is used, remember to remove it along with its cradle and wipe away any 'sucker marks'.
"Use a steering wheel lock, immobiliser, alarm or tracking device."
Officers will be 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, 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.
"We are going to follow up our initiatives where people can come for help and advice by heading out into the community and knocking on some doors."