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Hertsmere neighbourhood inspector pledges to 'nip car crime in the bud' in Potters Bar
Criminals who steal from cars “will not be tolerated and will be caught”, a new senior policeman has warned.
Neighbourhood Inspector for Hertsmere Richard Johnson, who joined the force two weeks ago, said tackling car crime is among his top priorities.
He told Times Series sister paper the Borehamwood Times that the borough has seen a string of thefts from cars in supermarkets in Hertsmere this year, and is now calling on drivers to be on their guard.
Insp Johnson said: “It can be very frustrating for someone who has had something stolen from their car, because usually it can be avoided.
“Many people do not lock their car when they go to put their shopping trolleys away at the supermarket and that is when the thieves target. They are usually waiting.
“It is important for people to know how important it is to lock your car. It takes just three seconds but can save so much hassle.”
Insp Johnson admitted car crime is not a “huge” problem, but wanted to prevent motorists from becoming victims.
He said criminals see cars as easy targets because they can sell stolen metal, car parts and radios to scrap dealers to make money.
But the inspector warned against falling into a siege mentality and does not want people to be overly fearful.
The police has launched a new Plate Safe campaign, which gives motorists the chance to have free tamper-proof number plate screws in the area.
Insp Johnson added: “All supermarkets in the area have CCTV cameras and we have a good relationship with scrap dealers, who tip us off if they suspect anything.
“They will not be tolerated – we will catch criminals who steal from cars eventually.”
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