Police say ‘on your bike’ to car thieves

Posted on Tuesday 22nd September 2009 at 8:11 am by SH (Editor)

The Chipping Sodbury Neighbourhood Team is saying ‘on your bike’ to car thieves.

Neigbourhood PCs and Police Community Support Officers will be patrolling Chipping Sodbury, Yate and villages in the surrounding area on bicycles for two weeks.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Adrian Fallows said: “The team will be out on high-visibility cycle patrols as part of our campaign to prevent a seasonal increase in car crime.

“The officers will be including areas previously targeted by thieves in their pedal patrols. Being out on bikes gives us a number of advantages: we’re a high profile presence to deter thieves and we’re more accessible to local people, but also we’re still covering most of the area.”

PS Fallows said the neighbourhood team members’ normal cycle patrols had already proved popular with local people.

Officers are also delivering car security information to homes around Chipping Sodbury and Yate in the operation.

To keep your car safe:

  • Always lock up and set the alarm or immobiliser if you have one
  • Park in a garage if you can, and if not find a well-lit, busy area
  • Clear out your car – if you leave anything on view a thief could break in to see what else is there
  • Mark your audio equipment with your post code and keep a record of the serial number – it deters thieves because it helps police identify property as stolen
  • Remember your keys are worth as much as your car. Put them safely out of sight
  • Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com – it’s free, secure and regularly checked by police across the country.

Visit the police website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk for more security tips.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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