Hundreds of people have received letters this week about car security, after an operation by Beds Police.
A team of Police Community Support Officers, Special Constables and service volunteers from the Bedford Local Policing Team checked over 1,200 cars in various large car parks in the south of Bedford on Thursday (September 28), looking for property that had been left on the display and could be an unwitting invitation for thieves.
Having collected the registration numbers of those cars that had assorted items on display – for instance, bags, coats, sat navs, sunglasses or any other kind of tempting material for a thief - the team will now write to those owners with a reminder about making sure that all valuable items are hidden away out of the sight of would-be opportunist thieves.
The team also fitted 39 vehicles with free tamper-proof screws to prevent numberplates being stolen and used to “disguise” criminals’ cars, and did a survey among shoppers and retailers in the area about their crime and anti-social behaviour concerns.
Sgt Ian Clarke said: “I felt that the day was a huge success. The response from the public to the initiative was very positive and our presence was very much welcomed.
“I also believe that the vast majority of those motorists who will receive our letters in the next few days will be pleased we’re looking out for them and will help to reduce vehicle related crime in the future.
“We also were able to find out from retailers what they need to help them prevent crime and will be progressing that too.”
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