Police operation to hit crime at holiday parks

A strong showing against caravan crime.
A strong showing against caravan crime.

A major police operation was launched to ensure coastal holiday parks do not provide rich pickings for criminals during the winter shutdown.

Neighbourhood policing teams were joined by the Special Constabulary, cadets, volunteers and more than 40 holiday park staff to ensure that valuables were removed from around 10,000 
caravans.

More than 2,500 crime prevention leaflets and stickers were handed out during the course of the crime reduction weekend earlier this month.

Locations targeted in the campaign included Skegness, Chapel St Leonards and Ingoldmells.

Community Inspector Andy Morrice said: “The message is really simple. We are asking people to remove all their valuables and TVs from their caravans when they pack up and close down for the winter.

“It’s a message we reiterate every autumn but sadly, every year there are caravan owners who find themselves the victim of burglary after not heeding that advice.”

Inspector Morrice added: “We aimed to reinforce the message by delivering it in person and I estimate that every member of staff clocked up over nine miles of walking each day of the weekend and over 2,500 crime prevention leaflets and stickers were handed out.”

The operation was carried out in partnership with Caravan Watch and supported by a number of specialist caravan insurance companies, which produced and funded the crime prevention 
stickers.

Inspector Morrice added: “We were incredibly well received by the parks and sites, all of whom are keen to help reduce opportunities for crime to occur.”