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Crime crackdown in Lowestoft a success

PUBLISHED: 19:21 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 05 July 2010

MORE than 500 leaflets and safety messages were distributed on the first night of a crime crackdown in Lowestoft.

As part of the pioneering partnership scheme, leaflets were left on the windscreens of cars considered to be at risk.

MORE than 500 leaflets and safety messages were distributed on the first night of a crime crackdown in Lowestoft.

As part of the pioneering partnership scheme, leaflets were left on the windscreens of cars considered to be at risk.

The crime prevention initiative was launched to tie in with Halloween, as the Waveney Community Safety Partnership and Lowestoft police aim to reduce criminal damage in particular wards of the town.

Flyers were distributed on Thursday and Friday, last week, as part of the “pack it! and back it!” campaign to “never leave valuables in your vehicle.”

The leaflets featured the message: “Thieves are always around! Always remove your Sat Nav from view. Place it in a bag and take it with you. Wipe any telltale ring off your windscreen. Don't let thieves spoil your day out!”

On the first night of the crackdown, police left leaflets on vehicles in Normanston Drive, Raglan Street, St Peter's Street, Norwich Road, Rotterdam Road, St Margaret's Road, High Street, Alexandra Road, Church Road, Kirkley Run, Long Road, London Road South, Grosvenor Road, Hall Road in Oulton, and High Street in Kessingland.

PC Claire Simons told The Journal: “The aim is to increase awareness in vehicle safety and we've been spreading the message to keep your valuables safe.”

Police patrols were out in force on Friday speaking to people leaving their vehicles in the towns' car parks, and speaking to residents.

With a rise in badges being taken from vehicles thefts of sat navs was also proving to be a major concern.

PC Simons added that on a tour of the town on Friday morning, another 150 leaflets were distributed as a number of cars had “unopened mail, sunglasses, sat navs, sat nav mounts and other valuables” all on display.

“This just reinforces the message to pack it! and back it!” she said. “We want people to be aware that they shouldn't be complacent.”

Alongside the week-long campaign, a clampdown on metal thieves was also underway following a spate of thefts from churches and schools for lead flashing.

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