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City Wardens and Police Scotland join forces for crackdown on car crime


Aberdeen City Council's City Wardens have joined forces with Police Scotland for a crackdown on car crime.

The operation is part of a long-running campaign which has so far resulted in 33 fewer cars being stolen in Aberdeen between October and December 2013, compared with same period in 2012.

The recovery rate of stolen vehicles also remains strong in the city, with 94% of vehicles stolen in 2013 being recovered.

Today [Wednesday 22 January], police officers from across the north-east are working with Aberdeen City Council City Wardens to deliver crime prevention leaflets to areas targeted by opportunistic thieves.

The leaflet urges members of the public to be vigilant and to take simple security measures to protect their property.

A number of vehicles stolen in the area have been taken from insecure properties and officers are appealing for the public to lock windows and doors and to keep keys and other valuables out of sight and reach.

Detective Superintendent Martin Dunn, who has overall responsibility for crime in the north-east, said: "Car crime and theft continues to be a concern in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, and we are doing all that we can to tackle this problem.

"We have deployed additional resources to conduct patrols in affected areas and continue to make use of all resource and specialist units available to Police Scotland.

"The public have a part to play in our fight against car crime by following simple security measures such as locking doors and windows and keeping keys out of easy reach of opportunistic thieves.

"The leaflets we are distributing with the assistance of the City Wardens provide basic crime prevention advice and encourages anyone with information that may help us detect a crime or catch an offender to contact us. "

Aberdeen City Council Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: "Police Scotland and the City Wardens have to be commended for their joint efforts in this campaign which highlights the need for the public to be vigilant to opportunistic thieves.

"Simple measures like ensuring windows are locked and keeping keys out of reach can go a long way to stopping thieves in their tracks.

"I would urge anyone who finds a crime prevention leaflet on their doormat to take heed of the advice and avoid becoming a victim of crime."

North-east Community Safety Charity, Absafe Neighbourhood Watch is also supporting the campaign. Information about how to set up a Neighbourhood Watch will also be delivered to householders by City Wardens as part of this operation.

Absafe chief executive Emma Bellu said: "Neighbourhood Watch is a great way to compliment the work of Police Scotland.

"We have lots of advice and information about simple measures you can take to keep you and your property safe and secure. Prevention is better than cure and using just a little extra time to lock up and be vigilant can make all the difference.

"Absafe Neighbourhood Watch is also a great way to encourage community spirit. In fact, it creates strong communities who care about their neighbours and where crime cannot prosper."