Posted on 17th November 2014
A team of police cadets hit the streets of Derby last week in a bid to raise awareness about vehicle security with the public.
The initiative was in response to reports throughout the Alvaston area, the main reason being, people leaving vehicles with items on display or not locked at all.
On the evening of Thursday, November 13 Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team was joined by 20 Derby Police Cadets to assist in the security initiative.
The cadets and officers checked over 300 vehicles, around the Kelmoor Road, Alvaston Lane, Beech Avenue and Walnut Avenue area where an increase has been seen in property being stolen from cars.
The cadets reminded residents to lock car doors, remove high value items from the cars and property mark all valuables. They spoke about crime prevention and the actions people need to take.
PCSO Laura Hammond who covers Derby East neighbourhoods said: “Of the 318 vehicles checked, nine were found to be insecure which is better than we expected but many still had items on display; these included a number of Sat Navs, a box identifying expensive headphones, money and many IT accessories and cradles.
“We located the owners and advised accordingly, whilst it is really positive to see people locking their vehicles we are just pushing the security message for it to include removing items from display.
“This can still be a temptation to thieves and they will not think twice about breaking into a car if they want to steal something they deem valuable.
“Please remember to lock your vehicle, make sure the windows are closed properly and all items removed from display.
“Many people welcomed the visit from the cadets and the response from all was very positive.”
Local officers from all neighbourhood areas in Derby City, Erewash and South Derbyshire strongly urge residents to keep their homes and vehicles secure and contact their local team if they need any advice in doing so and to report anything which may be suspicious.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team please call: 101 or visit: www.derbyshire.police.uk