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Avon & Somerset: Cadets check out car security

September 17, 2012, 3:36 pm

Our volunteer police cadets were checking on car security over the weekend as part of Relentless, keeping you safe.

Three of the uniformed teenagers patrolled car parks at The Mall, looking to see if cars had been left insecure or with valuables in plain view to an opportunist thief.

Neighbourhood Inspector Bob Evely said: “The cadets found 153 vehicles which had been left vulnerable to crime. Some had been left unlocked or with windows open, while in others the cadets could see handbags, holdalls and even laptops. People were also dropping parcels back to the car while they carried on shopping and leaving those purchases on view.”

Insp Evely said the registered keepers of all the vulnerable vehicles spotted would be written to with crime prevention advice.

He said: “The Mall is a safe place to shop, but we know thieves will travel to lower crime areas like this in the hope we will be less security conscious. Always lock your car and make sure nothing of any potential value is left on view.”

There’s more car crime security advice on our website,

The Avon and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadet scheme has been running in South Gloucestershire for almost a year, with 29 young people aged 14 to 17 learning about policing and helping their communities.
The scheme is now being expanded into North Somerset and the Taunton Deane area.

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