399 Christmas shoppers ‘left valuables in car’ – Newry police

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Police in E District, which incorporates the Newry and Mourne, area identified a total of 725 vehicles over the Christmas period with valuables left on display. 326 vehicles of these were identified in the North of the District (Banbridge and Craigavon) and 399 in the South (Armagh and Newry). The vehicles were identified as part of a proactive operation which ran from the 1st of December 2012 to the 13th of January 2013. Officers on patrol identified vehicles with items of value, such as laptops, mobile phones, handbags etc on display therefore making them more likely targets of crime. Police contacted last registered owners of the vehicles to make them aware of the potential risks of leaving valuables on display and provided crime prevention advice and tips. Community Safety Sergeant Wendy Walker explained, “The aim of this operation was to educate the public about the risks they are taking by leaving valuables on view in their vehicles. “No one wants to be the victim of a crime and we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our property in the best way we can. Anyone who would like further advice can contact their local crime prevention officer on 0845 600 8000,” she added,  
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