Police and council aim to crack crime together

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DONCASTER Council and South Yorkshire Police have officially launched their Christmas crime prevention campaign today.

‘Cracking Crime Together’ was launched by mayor Peter Davies and Det Chf Insp Craig Robinson in the Frenchgate Centre in an attempt to encourage shoppers to remember to take small steps to protect themselves and their property on the run-up to Christmas and throughout the festive period.

Residents are being encouraged to take time to prevent crime by following some simple advice.

Top tips include leaving valuables out of sight, being aware of pick-pockets and using debit cards wherever possible rather than carrying large amounts of cash.

Mr Davies said: “Christmas is a busy time for everyone but it’s important to remember how to prevent crime. This campaign is a subtle reminder to do the simple things that it’s so easy to forget.”

DCI Robinson added: “Thieves will take every opportunity to take valuable items from shoppers, cars or from homes. Consider leaving lights on or use a timer switch when you go out, to make your home appear occupied. Tell a neighbour or friend and inform a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme if you are going on holiday. Please be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Police. By taking the time to ensure you lock all windows and doors and logging valuables on the immobilise website, residents can help us to crack crime together this Christmas.”

Residents are encouraged to use a free web-based service to log valuables at www.immobilise.com. Thieves are less likely to steal traceable items but if they do get lost or stolen, logged items are more likely to be traced.