Victims of vehicle crime in Newark receive security devices in major safety project

Victims of vehicle crime in Newark are set to benefit from free state-of-the-art security devices as part of a major project to increase safety. Up to GBP10,000 of funding has been earmarked for vehicle security products for previous victims of car crime living in the Millgate, Bowbridge Road and Barnbygate areas of Newark, as well as the town centre area of Mansfield. In Newark the project is part of a GBP109,000 investment jointly funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, Nottinghamshire Police, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.

FROM left: District council leader David Lloyd, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, Pc Marcus Bloomfield, council anti-social behaviour officer Sue Miller, Newark burglary reduction officer PCSO Eleanor Smalley, and PCSO Jamie Evans. FROM left: District council leader David Lloyd, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, Pc Marcus Bloomfield, council anti-social behaviour officer Sue Miller, Newark burglary reduction officer PCSO Eleanor Smalley, and PCSO Jamie Evans.

Eligible residents who have previously had tools, equipment or vehicles stolen are now being offered vehicle security devices to help protect their livelihoods and property and reduce their risk of crime.

Among those to benefit is resident Alan whose home storage unit was broken into three times.

The building firm owner has also had his van broken in to three times, with several thousand of pounds worth of tools stolen — as well as an attempted burglary on his home.

Police (7946270) Police (7946270)

The 62-year-old has now benefitted from free CCTV as part of the scheme, a new Ring doorbell, an alarm for his storage unit and is set to receive a new van vault to safely secure his tools overnight. He said: “We’ve been very pleased with the scheme and we feel a lot safer. The first question the police ask after a theft or burglary is do you have CCTV?

The new camera therefore should be a deterrent but if it does happen again, I feel like we are much more likely of catching the people who’ve done it.

“We have an old house with thick walls so the contractors had to get an extra piece of technology to enable the cameras and doorbell to connect to the internet but they did it and it was no problem to them, it was all part of the package. “We’ve also been given a safety marking pen for my power tools which will help identify them if they’re stolen and also acts as a deterrent as you have to damage the tools to remove the marking, making them unsaleable.”

Caroline Henry at Newark Police Station. (51476966) Caroline Henry at Newark Police Station. (51476966)

Crime commissioner Mrs Henry said: “I have spoken to people who have had their cars and tools stolen so I know what an impact vehicle theft can have. “We must do more to protect our hard-working residents from these losses.

Through the ongoing Safer Streets partnership, we will invest in practical resources to keep our communities safe and ensure those who have had the misfortune of falling victim before have the support they deserve to feel safe again.” The new security devices include: Free tracking devices — fully fitted with one year free subscription.

This will allow drivers to monitor their vehicle location from the palm of their hand with a smartphone app. Van vaults — to safely and securely store tools and valuable kit overnight. Kit is stored behind a heavy duty steel body with reinforced lid and advanced protection locking system.

Vehicle immobilisers — to prevent vehicles from being driven away without the correct key or code (ideal for keyless entry vehicles by adding another layer of security, preventing signal boosting thefts being successful).

Deadlocks or slamlocks for vans — these additional locking systems provide extra overnight protection or security in vulnerable locations.

The T-Series deadlock adds a key-operated locking system which operates separately from the existing central locking system and is approved by the Thatcham automotive research centre.






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