Police working to cut car crime

EFFORTS to beat thieves targeting cars parked in an area of west Ipswich are working, Suffolk police said today.The force has been working with residents since launching Operation Ringtail, which aims to reduce the number of thefts from motor vehicles.

EFFORTS to beat thieves targeting cars parked in an area of west Ipswich are working, Suffolk police said today.

The force has been working with residents since launching Operation Ringtail, which aims to reduce the number of thefts from motor vehicles.

In just a handful of streets there were 20 offences in two months alone but after police urged residents not to leave valuables in their vehicles there were only two thefts reported in the past month.

In the entire western area covered by the operation, the number of incidents of theft from motor vehicles has plummeted by three quarters.

Peter Lickert, senior crime reduction officer with Suffolk police, said: “There have been arrests and there has been a public awareness campaign.”

He urged residents to keep up their efforts by taking anything of value from their cars.

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He said: “If it's of value to them a thief will value it too. The number of thefts are down but there is still a lot of work to do.”

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