L-R - Community Safety Lead, Paul Collett from NWLDC and PCSO Rob Benson
Issued on 12/6/18 at 2:18 p.m.
Officers from Leicestershire Police recently teamed up with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to stage a vehicle crime prevention roadshow event.
The two-day weekend event held on Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June at Tesco in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, provided motorists with valuable crime prevention advice about keeping car keys safe and out of sight at home.
A number of signal blockers – used to block the signal transmitted from a car key to the vehicle, were also given out to keyless car owners following the rise in modern motor thefts, particularly on keyless entry/start vehicles.
Those who commit these types of vehicle thefts use a device to bounce the signal from car keys (located in the house) to the car, which then enables them to enter the vehicle and steal it. The signal blockers act like a pouch that owners can place their keys in to as a way of blocking the signal.
Sergeant Jon Sharpe from Leicestershire Police said: “Our Beat Team received a very positive response from members of the public to the crime prevention advice given at the weekend roadshow event.
“Our close partnership with NWLDC enables us to focus on important issues relating to vehicle crime, as well as reducing Anti-social behaviour (ASB) related issues around the North West Leicestershire area.”
Paul Collett, Community Safety Lead at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “Whilst North West Leicestershire is a safe place to live, crime does occur and criminals are always looking for new ways to commit crime.
“By working in partnership with Leicestershire Police, we managed to deliver a successful event, with the use of new technology, to help keep our community safe.
“We hope to deliver more roadshow events like these in the future to tackle car crime.”