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The report that shows Teesside has topped a regional league in terms of car crime makes grim enough reading. But what is worse is the suggestion that we are starting to accept such attacks as a fact of life.

Cleveland Police crime prevention teams are working tirelessly in a bid to drive down car crime.

But we need to help the bobbies help us.

There is, of course, a lot of this crime we cannot prevent. But, like leaving your house door open on a warm summer's day, a lack of foresight can invite the attention of opportunist thieves.

We must all endeavour to make it as difficult as we possibly can for the crooks.

The message from the police is for car owners not to leave valuables on display. This should be blindingly obvious yet still many of us walk away from our cars, parked up in open places, with bags, briefcases or shopping, lying in full view of any passer-by.

We should also strive to park, wherever possible, in a well-lit spot, preferably in a secure car park.

Again, this might take forethought and planning - as does fitting a car alarm. Yet three out of five motorists in the North-east have no alarms.

The fact that hundreds of cars in the area are targeted by criminals every day can lead to a despairing belief that nothing can be done to avoid the inevitable. But our complacency is the thief's best weapon.

Don't give in to car crime.

Do take a lot more care.

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THE courage of little Megan Yates has touched the hearts of most folk on Teesside. Today we report how her story has also affected prisoners who have now raised hundreds of pounds for her appeal fund.

Well done to them.

And well done to everyone who has contributed to this fund.

Best news of all, though, is that Megan is coming on fine.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2004
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