New campaign against thefts from cars

North Wales Police

A new crackdown on thefts from cars has been launched in Bangor and Caernarfon.

Operation Ceal is aimed at encouraging drivers to stay a step ahead of thieves by removing their valuables from parked vehicles.

Police say some of the most targeted items include laptops, satellite navigation systems, designer clothes and loose cash left in full view on passenger seats and parcel shelves.

Norman Hughes, a crime reduction officer at Caernarfon police station said: ”We are keen for motorists to remove items from display within vehicles so that we can reduce and prevent opportunistic thefts. The aim of the initiative is to educate members of the public and work together to reduce the number of victims and reduce demand on the police.”

The campaign, funded by a grant from the Police and Community Trust, is being launched at an event on the Maes in Caernarfon town centre on Wednesday.

District Inspector Owain Llewellyn at Bangor police station said: ”I encourage motorists to remove items from within vehicles as it will reduce the number of victims within our district, it is acknowledged that there has been a reduction of thefts of vehicles across the country however thefts from vehicles is a problem.”

”It is an opportunistic crime easily avoidable as it only takes a few minutes to remove items when leaving vehicles, on the other hand it only takes minutes for criminals to steal them. We encourage the public to spread the word and assist us in reducing and preventing vehicle crime. This in turn will make our communities a safer place for all to live, work and enjoy.”