PSNI urge community vigilance over Christmas

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Police in Newry and Mourne are reminding motorists to secure their vehicles this Christmas and avoid becoming a victim of thieves. Speaking to Newry Times, Crime Prevention Officer, Paula Crowe said: “In the run up to Christmas more people are out and about shopping and buying presents and no one wants the festive season to be ruined by thieves and criminals. We are reminding the public of steps they can take to protect property in their vehicles. “Do not leave purchases or shopping bags on display in your car. If a thief sees something of value sitting in your car then they will break in to get it. Always make sure your vehicle is properly locked and secured, even if leaving it for a very short time. Crowe continued, “Simple precautions such as closing the windows and locking the doors of your vehicle and locking valuable items in the boot of your car, or removing the face plate from your in-car stereo system you can help ensure that your valuables will be kept safe. “Taking just a few moments can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of this type of crime. Improved car security features such as alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle and your valuables. “It only takes seconds to break into a car so we are also asking all residents in Newry and Mourne to be vigilant. If you see something that looks out of place or not quite right, phone us straight away.” Officers will conduct patrols in the local area during the run up to Christmas and will take details of vehicles which have been left insecure or with valuables on display. The owners of these vehicles will then be contacted with crime prevention advice. If you would like further information or advice your local crime prevention officer can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.
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