Car crime safety advice for Leicester Christmas shoppers
Police support officers and council staff are greeting Christmas shoppers as they arrive at car parks this week to pass on basic crime prevention tips.
They will be at the city centre’s six main car parks as part of a campaign to reduce thefts from parked cars.
Drivers will be urged to remove all valuables, including satellite navigation systems, stereos, when they leave their vehicle.
Sergeant Nicola Preston, of Mansfield House police station in the city centre, said: “Vehicle crime is extremely frustrating for the owner.
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“Not only can they lose personal belongings but the damage caused can leave them with a large bill and very often without a form of transport.
“Thousands of additional people will be coming into the city centre in the run up to Christmas for shopping and visiting the bars and restaurants, so it seems a good time to raise awareness of simple measures they can take to protect their vehicles.”
Thefts from cars in the city has fallen by 12 per cent – the equivalent of 191 incidents – in the past year.
The crime prevention tips will also be printed on pay and display tickets for on-street parking in the city throughout December and January.
Assistant City Mayor Sarah Russell said: “We want people who come into Leicester to have an enjoyable time, and taking these easy steps to remove valuables from sight will help ensure visitors keep their belongings safe.”
• Always remove valuable items, such as satellite navigation units and cradles, stereos and mobile phones. Also wipe away the suction marks left behind when you have removed your sat nav
• Always make sure your vehicle is locked and, where possible, in a well-lit area
• Store shopping in the boot and, where possible, leave expensive purchases until the end of your shopping trip so they are never left unattended.