WARNING SIGNS ERECTED OVER NORTH BELFAST CAR THIEVES

Constable Fiona Rogan with the signs erected to warn motorists of thieves on the prowl

Constable Fiona Rogan with the signs erected to warn motorists of thieves on the prowl

POLICE have erected new signs in North Belfast to advise motorists not to leave valuables in their cars.

The PSNI officers were Responding to community concerns about an increase in “theft from vehicles” on Townsend Street.

Picture is Constable Fiona Rogan, from the Neighbourhood Police Team based at Tennent Street police station, who was working with with colleagues from the Crime Prevention team to erect fresh signage in the area to alert motorists to potential risks of leaving valuables on display in unattended motor vehicles and to advise criminals that police are actively patrolling and looking out for criminal behaviours.

Constable Rogan said that broken glass along the roadside bears evidence of a number of cars having been targeted on Townsend Street.

She advised: “All motorists whenever possible, remove all items, particularly valuable and portable items from your vehicle.

“Where it is not reasonable or practicable to do so, then move these items away from casual view of passers-by.

“Locking items into the boot may be a good option.

“For any person who regularly carries valuable IT equipment in a vehicle, it may be worthwhile to consider fitting a security storage box in the vehicle for safer storage of the IT equipment.”

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