Police operation to target car park crime

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OFFICERS from Galloway Division of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary will be joining forces with Forestry Commission Scotland recreation officers again this year to patrol isolated car parks across Galloway.

Operation Terrapin as it is known, is a bid to deter car crimes committed while the vehicle owner is enjoying our region’s great outdoors.

Dumfries and Galloway offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of activities in spectacular surroundings and every year sees thousands of tourists and locals travelling to remote parts of the region to take advantage of what’s on offer.

While most people are thinking about a day of enjoyment there are those who see cars parked in remote car parks as an opportunity to steal.

Constable Helen McMiken from Newton Stewart Police Station said: “This initiative has been very successful in the past and last year during the campaign we had no reports of crime in these areas. We are keen to build on that success.

“Working in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland will greatly increase the number of patrols in these areas meaning there is a highly visible deterrent to opportunist car criminals.”

The operation will run for six months between April and September and, in preparation, all car parks have been visited and their posters checked and updated where necessary.

Police officers, traffic wardens, special constables and recreation officers from Forestry Commission Scotland will carry out regular patrols at Galloway’s recreational car parks providing a visible deterrent to opportunist thieves.

Members of the public can add their own efforts to this push against car crime by taking a few simple steps to make their vehicle less attractive to criminals.