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Drivers get help to beat thieves.

MOTORISTS identified as likely targets of car thieves in Coventry are being offered police help to step up security on their vehicles.

Officers are carrying out analysis to identify drivers who have had vehicles stolen and then recovered, and those who may be at risk living in car crime hot spots.

Police research shows cars made in the mid 1990s have significantly fewer security features compared with newer models. Once the vulnerable motorists have been identified, police will contact them by phone and offer them a voucher to buy a steering lock for just pounds 10 - a saving of pounds 50.

The initiative is part of Safer Motors - a West Midlands Police scheme to cut vehicle crime.

Figures show that last month vehicle crime in Willenhall, Stoke, Earlsdon, Canley, Cheylesmore and Styvechale dropped by more than 33 per cent, compared to the same period last year. In Hillfields, Coundon and Tile Hill, it dropped by more than 24 per cent, and in Radford, Wyken, Foleshill and Tile Hill, it fell by more than 12 per cent.

Insp Dara Lloyd, from the community safety bureau at Stoney Stanton Road police station, said: "There is a limited number of steering locks, therefore we will only be able to reach a certain proportion of people in Coventry.

"The motorists we do target are the ones most at risk of vehicle crime.

"Unfortunately, motorists cannot contact us to take up the offer due to the strict criteria of the funding available.

"We want to make motorists aware they may receive a phone call, letter or personal visit from a police officer regarding this offer."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 23, 2003
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