North Wales Police are launching a new campaign aimed at reducing theft from vehicles in Bangor and Caernarfon. There will also be a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher and an emergency breakdown kit donated by Halfords.

The Western Community Safety Team will launch their initiative today, 1st November, which reminds people to remove valuables from parked cars. Popular targets are laptops, sat nav systems, loose cash and designer clothes left on passenger seats and parcel shelves.

Volunteer Police Cadets are holding an event on the Maes, in Caernarfon on Wednesday 1st November to launch ‘Operation Ceal’ in order to help drivers stay one step ahead of the opportunist thieves.

Norman Hughes, Crime Reduction Officer, who is based at Caernarfon said: “We are keen for motorists to remove items from display within vehicles so that we can reduce and prevent opportunistic thefts.

“The aim of the initiative is to educate members of the public and work together to reduce the number of victims and reduce demand on the Police.

“During the launch members of the public will be encouraged to follow best practice and share relevant and appropriate advice with family and friends.

“There will also be an opportunity to participate in a hand’s on exercise and be entered in a draw for an emergency breakdown kit which has been kindly donated by Halfords.”

North Wales Police is reminding people to double check that nothing valuable is left inside unattended vehicles, even more so now on the lead up to Christmas.

District Inspector Owain Llewellyn at Bangor Police station, said: “I encourage motorists to remove items from within vehicles as it will reduce the number of victims within our district, it is acknowledged that there has been a reduction of thefts of vehicles across the country however thefts from vehicles is a problem.

“It is an opportunistic crime easily avoidable as it only takes a few minutes to remove items when leaving vehicles, on the other hand it only takes minutes for criminals to steal them.

“We encourage the public to spread the word and assist us in reducing and preventing vehicle crime. This in turn will make our communities a safer place for all to live, work and enjoy”.

Funding for the campaign was secured from a Police and Community Trust grant.

You can follow the campaign on the various western Facebook pages; https://www.facebook.com/NWPBangor/, https://www.facebook.com/NWPCaernarfon/ and https://www.facebook.com/NWPAnglesey/.

You can like and share our #OpCeal messages for a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher.