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Residents urged to help police prevent vehicle crime

Police in North Bournemouth are appealing to residents to consider their vehicle security following a spate of moped thefts in the area.

Since the beginning of February 2014 there has been a slight increase in moped thefts in the Kinson area.

North Bournemouth Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Edwards said: “The majority of these thefts have occurred in the early evening.

“I am urging residents to properly secure their vehicles when left unattended. Reasonably-priced sturdy locks and immobilisers are available from High Street retailers and should help prevent your vehicle being targeted by thieves.”

Following the thefts, Safer Neighbourhood Teams have stepped up their patrols in the area and are advising residents to review their vehicle security.

Inspector Edwards continued: “We are working extremely hard to arrest any offenders, but would also ask for the help of local residents in preventing any further vehicle crimes by considering crime prevention measures.

“Taking reasonable steps to protect your property should help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.

“I would urge anyone with any concerns to contact their Safer Neighbourhood Team for advice by calling 101.”

Issued: 17 February 2014