War on car crime

PUBLISHED: 15:01 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 11 May 2010

Police crack down on car crime

Police crack down on car crime

POLICE hope last weekend s Operation Tarantula road show in Buntingford will help cut car crime in the town. Last Saturday a team of police officers spent the morning in the car park of Buntingford s Co-Op store, where they handed out car crime prevention

POLICE hope last weekend's Operation Tarantula road show in Buntingford will help cut car crime in the town.

Last Saturday a team of police officers spent the morning in the car park of Buntingford's Co-Op store, where they handed out car crime prevention packs and offered advice to motorists.

Pc Nicky Hunt, Operation Tarantula co-ordinator for East Herts, said: "We gave out more than 220 of the crime prevention packs, which contain tips for preventing car crime, and a ultra-violet marker pen for marking your property.

"People were really responsive to what we had to say. The main message behind Operation Tarantula is that there are simple steps peoplecan take to stop themselves becoming victims of car crime."

Operation Tarantula is in full swing across Hertfordshire, and will continue for the rest of the year.

At the road show police officers were joined by Anne Corno, a volunteer from the East Herts crime prevention panel.

Pc Hunt added: "One thing a lot of motorists fail to do is properly conceal their satellite navigation systems. They will put the actual unit in the glove compartment, but leave the 'sucker' on the windscreen, so it is obvious to potential thieves that it could still be in the car.

"Overall, it was a highly successful day. We're really pleased with how the road show went. We plan to return to Buntingford and do a similar event later in the year.

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