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8 April 2012, 06:00
People living in Basildon are being given a helping hand this weekend to protect their cars from being broken into.
Motorists can pick up free tamper proof number plate screws and sat navcloths to help prevent their cars from thieves.
Basildon Community Safety Partnership is offering residents cloths to remove the suction marks left by sat navs and tamper proof number plate screws, to try to deter thieves from committing vehicle crime.
Paula Mason, Basildon Council's Community Safety Manager, said: "Unfortunately, in these difficult economic times, crime such as this can become more widespread which is why the partnership is helping the local community take measures to help combat the problem and reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.
"In addition to this the partnership recently ran Operation Brightshadowwhich resulted in a 61% reduction in vehicle crime. We hope that the tamper proof number plate screws and sat nav cloths will help deter thieves anddrive down crime even further."
Residents can pick up the free packs from the Basildon Centre reception between 9am to 5:15pm Monday to Friday, or from the Pitsea Police Station between midday to 6pm Monday to Saturday.