12th May 2010
Car insurance policyholders warned of "beauty spot" dangers
Car insurance policyholders may be encouraged to hear about a summer campaign aimed at minimising crime in local beauty spots.
Leicestershire Police said officers in Charnwood are carrying out plain clothes operations and high visibility patrols, as well as offering advice to people who use popular country parks such as Swithland Woods, Beacon Hill, Broombriggs and Breakback Lane.
The scheme follows on from a similar one conducted last summer, which saw a 33 per cent reduction in vehicle crime from the previous year.
Sergeant Chris Hains from Syston police station said consumers are urged not to leave valuables on show in their cars, because opportunistic thieves can be easily tempted.
"It doesn't matter what time of day you use the woods or car parks - you should always leave your vehicle locked and empty," he added.
The same guidance was given earlier this week to drivers in Haverfordwest, reports the Western Telegraph, after a criminal was spotted rifling through possessions inside an unlocked motor.
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