Capture Cars

A picture of the Capture Car logo

Gwent Police are operating Capture Cars across the area to help catch car criminals in the act, as they try to break in, steal items left behind or damage vehicles.

The cars, which are parked at various locations in the force area, are fitted with the latest technology to film criminals.

As soon as someone tampers with the vehicle, video equipment will start recording and alert nearby officers. This helps to catch the offenders and provides valuable evidence.

Items On View

Neighbourhood Policing Teams operate an Items On View initiative, alerting car owners to the potential dangers of leaving items on view to passers by.

This can include items such as CDs, handbags, shopping bags, laptops and satellite navigation equipment.

During initiatives, officers note the registration numbers of the vehicles to identify their owners. They are then sent letters and advice leaflets within 24 hours listing security measures they should take to try and prevent themselves from becoming a victim of car crime.

Car owners who are identified as leaving satellite navigation systems on display are also sent 'Wipe and Clear' kits.

Gwent Police has developed a solution to remove residue left on windscreens and dashboards from satellite navigation systems. The kits are distributed to educate people about the simple precautions they should take to prevent them from becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

Top Tips
  • Don't leave anything on view in your car. Thieves are opportunists and it only takes them moments to break into your car.

  • Lock all doors and windows, not forgetting the sunroof, when leaving your car.

  • Never leave the keys in the ignition when the car is unattended, even while you're paying for petrol.

  • If you have an alarm or immobiliser - use it!

If you have a satellite navigation device, following this simple advice may protect you from becoming a victim of car crime:

  • Where it's portable, keep it safe by taking it, together with the support cradle and suction pads when you leave the car.

  • Wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard, as thieves will look out for these.

  • Don't leave the equipment in the glove compartment - thieves will usually check there first.

  • Mark your satellite navigation equipment system with your postcode and house number, or your vehicle registration number or another unique number using special security markers.

  • Make a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keep the note somewhere safe - not in the car!

You can download a leaflet of Tips for protecting your Satellite Navigation equipment here:

Sat Nav Safety Tips (1,220kb)