FIGHTING CRIME: Ipswich Police Officer in Charge Laurie Shevlin and Sergeant Nadine Webster address current crime issues in the region.
FIGHTING CRIME: Ipswich Police Officer in Charge Laurie Shevlin and Sergeant Nadine Webster address current crime issues in the region. Rob Williams

Theft the talk of the town

THE increase in sneak-breaks and car theft will again be the talk of the town when Ipswich police host a crime forum at the Barry Jones Auditorium this month.

The forum will promote Operation Bounce Back - which targets reductions in car theft - and offer visitors cost-effective ways to avoid becoming a victim.

Ipswich's district crime prevention unit, The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, local council and Neighbourhood Watch will all be represented at the crime forum on May 25.

Crime prevention unit officer in charge Sergeant Nadine Webster said Operation Bounce Back aimed to raise public awareness of the sheer opportunism in many recent instances of vehicle theft.

"In the majority of cases we see, the keys to vehicles have not been secured," Sgt Webster said.

"It's all about reducing the risk and educating the community about pro-active strategies they can implement at no cost."

It runs from noon-3pm May 25 at the Barry Jones Auditorium, Ipswich Library.


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