Police warning letter to careless Christmas shoppers

LETTERS will be sent out to drivers who leave their Christmas shopping on show in their cars — as part of a campaign to crack down on thefts.

Police beat teams in Hucknall, Bulwell and the rest of the county will be paying close attention to parked cars over the next few weeks, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

Officers will take down the details of vehicles where items are in full view. They will send the warning letter to highlight the danger and to offer crime-prevention advice.

Supt Mike Manley, of Nottinghamshire police, said: “Many people seem to think it’s fine to leave their belongings on show inside their vehicles. In fact, a passing thief would think nothing of taking just a few seconds to smash a window to get their hands on valuables.

“By alerting drivers who have left items on show, we can hopefully make them aware of their mistakes and change their ways before they become victims of theft.”

Even though the number of thefts from vehicles have fallen by 25%, Christmas traditionally sees a rise in the problem as motorists pack their cars with gifts.

As part of the campaign, police ‘capture-cars’ — vehicles equipped with camera equipment rigged up to snare thieves in the act — have been placed in hotspot areas for car crime.

Radio adverts will also be aired on Capital FM in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

Bumper stickers will be handed out to drivers, while posters distributed throughout the city and the county to remind shoppers to protect their property.

Extra police patrols are also being mounted in hotspot areas, with officers offering crime-prevention advice. Drivers should ensure their vehicles are secure and windows are not left open.