Rise in vehicle thefts in Mansfield and Ashfield to be tackled by police

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A rapid increase in vehicle thefts in Mansfield and Ashfield has led police to launch a campaign to try and tackle the problem.

The campaign, which began today (October 19), comes with more than 750 vehicle crime offences across the two districts in just the last 12 months.

It will make use of social media and have specific patrols focusing on vehicle crimes.

Over the next two weeks, officers will use Twitter to publicise any vehicle thefts and updates on the incidents.

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They will also use social media to provide help and advice to vehicle owners - as well as having officers on patrol actively targeting the thieves.

Officers will also look for items that are on display in vehicles and send out letter to registered keepers, to remind them of the dangers of leaving items on display.

Inspector Nick Butler said: “By using social media to promote safety messages and sending letters to registered keepers in the area, we will start to combat this problem and make the public more aware of how to keep their vehicle safe.”

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Sergeant Simon Scales added: “We have sympathy with victims of vehicle crime, but there are some precautionary steps that you can take to keeping your vehicle secure.

“For instance, locking your doors and keeping all valuables from sight.

“A thief will very rarely break into a car if it is already locked.”

More information about vehicle protection can be found here.

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