Surrey

Surrey borough mounts multi-agency purge on car crime

Staff from public services across a Surrey community are banding together to try to crack down on car crime.

Officials from Surrey Police, Elmbridge Borough Council plus housing and parking agencies will step in after the DVLA pulled out for funding reasons.

While carrying out their normal duties, the officials will note details of items on display in cars in the area.

The owners will be sent warning letters in an attempt to reduce the potential for future thefts from vehicles.

The area's community safety manager, Peter Kipps, says such crimes were still a big concern in the borough.

"The initial scheme ran for about a year before the DVLA had to pull out due to reductions in funding.

"Although overall vehicle crime reduced last year, the number of thefts from vehicles increased slightly so it remains a serious problem for us," he said.

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