Police launch car crime clampdown

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Police in Blackpool are increasing patrols to try to avoid another spike in car crime as the summer holidays get underway.

Last year, during the six-week school holidays, 84 vehicles were broken into at Blackpool South car parks and surrounding streets.

This was a sharp rise from 2012, when 35 vehicles were targeted.

Officers are trying to raise awareness of the issue through a series of targeted Facebook posts and adverts. Patrols are also being increased in the hot spot areas.

Sgt Dave Oldfield said: “Criminals are preying on the town’s popularity and targeting insecure vehicles.

“Car thieves do not discriminate and target tourists or locals alike.

“It is vital that everyone takes a few seconds to ensure their vehicle is locked and secure.

“I know this may sound extremely obvious ,but the reality is 40 per cent of the vehicles broken into last year were left unlocked.

“We would also urge people not to leave any items on display.

“While it’s true that mobile phones and sat navs are rich pickings, in reality, a car thief will break into your car for a cigarette packet, a coat or some loose change if given the opportunity.

“Five seconds really is all it takes. We’d ask people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.

“Extra officers will be out on patrol but the public are our eyes and ears. If in any doubt about something you’ve seen give us a call.”