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New Data Shows Winchester Vehicle Burglaries are Down

10 January 2019 Winchester News


New data suggests that the Winchester Police Department’s “Combat the Cat” campaign is being met with success.

The “Combat the Cat – Lock it Tight or Risk the Swipe!” awareness campaign  was launched in November in order to educate residents about the risks of leaving vehicles unlocked and unattended. From the start of November through the end of December in 2018, the WPD has received only seven reports of theft from motor vehicles; that’s down from 20 reports during the same timeframe in 2017, and 22 reports in 2016. The awareness campaign has included web graphics, videos, and approximately 30 yard signs in high-traffic retail areas. In a release, Lt. Amanda Behan of the WPD said the department plans to continue the campaign, and is anxious to see the results over the next year.

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