Police in the Vale of Glamorgan have launched a summertime campaign urging visitors to the local beauty spots to make sure their vehicles are less attractive to thieves
Never leave personal possessions on display in your car
The beauty spots along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast attract both local and travelling visitors alike who enjoy the beaches and the walks on offer. Six locations between Llantwit Major and Ogmore-by-Sea have had warning posters put up in the car parks reminding drivers of the dangers of leaving valuables in their vehicles whilst enjoying the countryside.
PC Colin Malone, Neighbourhood Beat Manager, explains:
“Historically these beauty spots have been high risk for vehicle crime, with unsuspecting walkers having their vehicles targeted by thieves seeking unlocked or unsecured vehicles, or ones with valuables on show. This campaign aims to ensure that offenders are kept on their toes and that motorists remain vigilant”.
Police teams from the Vale of Glamorgan will be monitoring car parks and increasing high-visibility and plain clothes patrols to catch offenders.
PC Malone added:
“It is vital that those visitors to our coastal beauty spots are able to come here and enjoy the Glamorgan Heritage Coast without becoming victims of crime and this campaign is designed to help them do that”.
“Thieves are often opportunist and will only target a car if they think there is something to gain. Simple things such as taking valuables with you or putting them out of sight, rubbing Satnav marks off the windscreen and locking your car doors can be very effective. We hope to help cut car crime by ensuring people know the key things to do to reduce the likelihood of their cars being targeted by thieves”.
During the course of the summer police will focus on the beach and car park areas of;
• Nash Point
• Llantwit Major
• St Donat’s
South Wales Police would like members of the public who spot suspicious activity at any of the locations, or think a crime may have been committed, to report it immediately by calling 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information