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Police Issue Criminal Damage Warning To Motorists
Police in the Cotswold and Stroud Division are warning drivers who park on the road of the need to protect the wing mirrors of their vehicle from vandals.
In recent weeks police have received several reports of offenders damaging vehicles by smashing the wing mirrors.
APS Mark Godsland, Crime Reduction Officer, said, "The Division is working hard with communities and partners to reduce the opportunity and possibility for damage to motor vehicles.
"We would encourage motorists who park on the streets, especially where there is little room, to ensure that both wing mirrors are turned inward to reduce the opportunity for malicious, and accidental, damage.
Gloucestershire Constabulary recently launched a high-profile campaign to clamp down on criminal damage of all kinds.
"Police are determined to crack down on the vandals who cause nuisance and misery to hundreds of people each year," said APS Godsland.
"It might seem like a bit of harmless fun to spray a wall with paint, jump on a car bonnet or damage a wing mirror, but it is the innocent victims of this kind of mindless damage that are left to pick up the pieces - and the bill.
"Often the people who cause such damage don't realise it could lead to them being arrested, sent before the courts and ending up with a criminal record. This can have drastic consequences in the future, especially when it comes to getting a new job."
Anyone with information about car crime is asked to call Cirencester police on 0845 090 1234, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
: 09/01/2007 12:19:46
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