Project reminds drivers to lock up

Launch of vehicle safety project . From left Bernard Plume, car park attendant Jenny, Pc Paul Fox and Charlie Athorne Angel Hotel general manager

Launch of vehicle safety project . From left Bernard Plume, car park attendant Jenny, Pc Paul Fox and Charlie Athorne Angel Hotel general manager

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POLICE and hoteliers in St Edmundsbury have launched a scheme to try to crack down on thefts from parked vehicles.

Hotels, police and parking attendants have come together to try to ensure vehicles are parked securely and valuables shut away from theives.

Hotel and B&B guests are being given free security packs with advice on how to protect their cars from thieves during their stay.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council parking attendants are also carrying out routine patrols to identify any insecure vehicles and valuables on display.

Vehicle owners then receive a letter a letter and a car security pack.

Bernard Plume, crime reduction officer, said: “Although there are no major vehicle crime problems in St Edmundsbury at the moment, we realise the importance of forging strong links within the community to tackle crime proactively.

“Working with our local hotels and B&Bs this summer is a step in that direction.

“We’re aiming to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time in Suffolk whether they live here or are just visiting for the summer.”

Cameron Findlay, parking services manager for West Suffolk, said: “This is a positive scheme that we’re pleased to be working with Suffolk Constabulary on – and it has added benefits for the customer.”