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Police tackle vehicle crime in north Dorset

Police in Gillingham have launched a campaign to tackle commercial vehicle crime.

Officers from Gillingham Safer Neighbourhood Team have joined forces with Shaftesbury and Gillingham Home Watch Association and 3 County Locksmiths to promote commercial vehicle crime prevention.

Vehicle crime is a force priority and Gillingham Safer Neighbourhood Team is engaging with previous victims, local businesses and tradesmen to think security when they leave their work vehicles.

The team has produced a free security pack containing information on various products readily available in stores and online that are used to mark tools and valuables to reduce the likelihood of being a victim of crime.

The pack also contains a Dorset Police sticker produced by Signrite Signs in Shaftesbury which can be fixed to vehicles warning that items are security marked.

North Dorset Inspector Rob Chalkley said: “We hope this pack will further help to reduce the number of thefts from commercial vehicles in the area. We understand that it people are not always able to take their tools out of their van. If this is the case we would like to reiterate the importance of marking items and keeping your vehicles secure.

“There are a number of simple crime prevention steps people can take to make their vehicles less of a target. Don’t make things easy for thieves.”

Motorists are urged to follow these crime prevention measures:

  • If possible, remove all valuables including tools overnight
  • Don’t leave your vehicle insecure even for a short time
  • Check the vehicle has physically locked when using a key fob
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and, if possible, reverse your vehicle so to make entry to the doors difficult
  • Mark valuables and tools

Members of the public can help protect themselves and their property from rural crime by following some simple crime prevention steps. Advice and information is available on the Crime Prevention Portal on the Dorset Police website -http://crimeprevention.dorset.police.uk/

Issued: 30 October 2014

Police tackle vehicle crime