Patrols planned for Malvern Hills car parks

Special patrols of car parks on the Malvern Hills are to be carried out as part of a bid to prevent vehicle crime.

Malvern Hills Community Safety Partnership, working together with West Mercia Police and Malvern Hills Conservators, will launch Operation Falcon on 1 July.

The patrols, carried out by police and conservators, will not only provide a visible deterrent but also involve the identification of vehicles which may be vulnerable to being targeted by opportunistic thieves.

Patrol teams will be issuing advice to motorists, walkers and cyclists, reminding them to ensure all doors and windows are locked and to keep valuables out of sight whilst enjoying a day on the hills.

The operation, which will run for one month, has been launched as traditionally there can be a spike in the number of thefts from cars and other vehicles during the summer and early autumn months.

Cllr Rebecca Massey, portfolio holder with responsibility for Community Safety on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "The levels and types of crime experienced in other areas of the country are often rare in Malvern Hills but as a proactive partnership, we cannot be complacent. Even though Malvern Hills is a safe place to live, work and visit with low crime levels regularly reducing year on year, we are keen to raise awareness of this issue to ensure our residents and their property remain safe."

PC Cliff Green of Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Team said "The Malvern Hills are justifiably a popular mecca for walkers and cyclists and crime is at a low level. We take pride in maintaining our town and countryside as a safe and pleasant place to live and to visit.

"Criminals will target areas where they expect easy pickings and Malvern is not one of those places, we do not want to give criminals a chance to spoil anyone's enjoyment of the hills."