Monday 31st December 2007
Be Wiser Insurance

Police officers in South Tyneside have reportedly taken to sending tongue in cheek messages to vehicle owners who continue to ignore crime prevention advice.

Despite repeated warnings about the dangers of leaving satellite navigation systems in unoccupied vehicles, officers are still spotting cars with the devices on display, reports the Shields Gazette.

Frustrated by the failure of motorists to take the simplest of steps to reduce the risk of having their vehicle broken into and subsequently having to make a car insurance claim, the police now send the motorists concerned a thank you letter - on behalf of the area's criminals.

Inspector Simon Charlton told the newspaper that he hoped the letters would help drivers to understand just how prevalent car crime is.

"Time and time again we issue advice to minimise the risk of becoming [a victim of car crime

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