L-R: Cllr David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, PC2817 Marcus Bloomfield, Sue Miller, ASB Officer for Newark and Sherwood District Council; Newark Burglary Reduction Officer PCSO 4762 Eleanor Smalley, PCSO 4847 Jamie Evans
Victims of vehicle crime in areas of Newark are set to benefit from free state-of-the-art security devices as part of a major project to increase safety across the town.
Up to £10,000 of funding has been earmarked for vehicle security products for previous victims of car crime living in the Mill Gate, Bowbridge Road and Barnby Gate areas of the town to reduce their future vulnerability.
The project follows the highly successful Safer Streets scheme and is part of a £109k investment jointly-funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry, Nottinghamshire Police, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to keep Newark safe.
The initiative is already delivering free home security improvements including free sensor lighting, window restrictors, video doorbells and in some cases WIFI and 4G security cameras to more than 100 homes in the areas.
In addition, Nottinghamshire County Council has provided £25k to improve the lighting in the target areas.
Eligible residents who have previously had tools, equipment or vehicles stolen are now being offered additional vehicle security devices to help protect their livelihoods and property and reduce their fear of crime.
One of the first to benefit was self-employed builder Tim whose van was broken into 12 months’ ago, just before Christmas, and more than £3,000 worth of tools taken.
Thanks to Safer Streets, the 62-year-old has received a new CCTV camera overlooking the van on his driveway, door defenders to secure his garage doors and alarms in the shed and garage.
He said: “We were absolutely delighted to benefit from this scheme. Before the letter came I was actually looking at selling my van. It has now given me the confidence to go out and buy more kit.
“My van was broken into just before Christmas 12 months ago. In the run up to Christmas, you just think they’ll be out again breaking into vans – they seem to go on a splurge just before Christmas.
“It’s nice knowing there is now new security fitted to the house and outbuildings. We are so thankful. We were really happy with the service and the people who fitted the security. It’s nice to know this scheme is there for people who need it.”
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline 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 hardworking 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.”
District Commander for Newark and Sherwood Inspector Charlotte Allardice, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Free security devices like this are a great way to make people feel safe knowing their vehicles are protected and also any equipment that may be stored in their vehicles too.
“We understand the impact that vehicle theft and theft of work equipment and personal items can have on a victim not only financially but emotionally too and we will always do everything we can to investigate any such incidents.
“The force takes all reports of vehicle theft extremely seriously and works hard to support the victim and investigate such incidents.
“Free security devices like these are a great way for previous victims to protect their vehicles and equipment and add that extra bit of security for them to feel their possessions are protected.”
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 which 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.
Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said “It is so encouraging to see the huge amount of work the Safer Streets partnership is doing to improve the feeling of safety and security in our communities. Investing in resources to keep our residents and their property safe is extremely important and I encourage those eligible to take up this opportunity for these free security devices.
“We will not tolerate the theft of vehicles, personal items, and work equipment and nobody should live in fear so I hope this initiative allows previous victims to feel safer and more supported.”
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities Committee, added: “Our partnership work is continuing to go from strength to strength and this is yet another example of our commitment to helping residents in Newark feel safer in the communities where they live and work.
“I very much welcome the latest initiative as part of the Safer Streets project and I would urge any eligible resident to make sure they take up the offer of a free security device.
“Hopefully this will help vehicle owners who have been targeted by thieves feel safer and ultimately reduce this type of crime.”
Eligible residents will receive a letter by their local Burglary Reduction Officer PCSO Eleanor Smalley and are asked to contact the telephone number provided.
Posted on Wednesday 19th January 2022