Holbeck Police Hit the Road to Combat Car Crime

The Holbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is encouraging local residents to help guard against becoming a victim of vehicle crime at a special roadshow event this weekend.

Police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) will be based at West Yorkshire Police’s mobile exhibition vehicle in the car park of the Morrisons supermarket at the Penny Hill Centre in Hunslet from 10am this Saturday and Sunday.

Residents who attend the roadshow can have ‘tamper-proof’ screws fitted to their vehicle’s registration plates for free by NPT officers. The screws are virtually impossible to remove from the registration plates, preventing them from being stolen.

The NPT’s Crime Reduction Officer, PC John Cockcroft, will also be able to offer helpful advice and tips to help local residents avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

The initiative follows a recent rise in vehicle crime across the local area, which included the theft of number plates and break-ins where valuables such as sat-navs have been stolen.

The number of offences has since reduced due to a number of operations by the NPT which led to several people being arrested and charged, and officers are keen to reduce the number of vehicle crimes even further.

Inspector Damien Miller, who leads the Holbeck NPT, said: “We’re always working hard to keep vehicle crime down, and the best way motorists can play their part is by not making their vehicles attractive to criminals.

“Locking valuables out of view and securing doors and windows are easy measures anyone can take, along with investing in quality security devices. By visiting our roadshow, residents can get handy hints and advice, and I’d encourage as many people as possible to attend.”