Police tackle Chichester beauty spots car crime
Summer has gone and autumn is almost over, but beauty spots and rural locations in the Chichester area continue to attract sightseers - and opportunist thieves.
Vehicles left unattended while owners go off to explore are a tempting target for criminals keen to get their hands on their contents or even to steal the vehicles themselves.
But aware of such activity, local police have responded with Operation Mini, aimed at thwarting thefts and catching those responsible.
With help from neighbouring Hampshire Police, officers recently placed an offender before the courts, leading to his conviction for theft and 92 weeks' imprisonment.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of another defendant who failed to appear, and three others detained have been released under investigation.
PC Kieron Morgan, from Chichester Police, said: "Theft from cars is a perennial problem but efforts have been, and are being, made to deter and detect this type of criminality."
Meanwhile, all motorists are reminded to ensure that their vehicles are locked and secure whenever they leave them, and to remove all valuable items.
Anyone seeing suspicious activity around vehicles should dial 999 at once and ask for police.
Information can otherwise be forwarded online, by calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers. The independent charity can also be telephoned anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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