Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The "Stop Now" campaign was launched at Woodbourne Police station on Wednesday with support from the PSNI's Auto Crime Team.
It will see hard-hitting posters and leaflets funded by policing in the community in west Belfast distributed to members of the public as well as in schools in the area.
Speaking after the meeting, Area Commander for West Belfast, Chief Inspector Michael White, said the Auto Crime Team has been instrumental in driving car crime down in west Belfast by 84% in the last decade.
"Much of this is due to the great partnership work with local groups and agencies including Families Bereaved Through Car Crime (FBTCC). By working together, we can address the issues which matter most to the local community," he explained.
"The Auto Crime Team have an excellent knowledge of the area and along with their colleagues in response and neighbourhood, they are maintaining the reduction in car crime in West Belfast, with 56% less creeper burglaries, 16.5% less thefts from vehicles and 9% less vehicle thefts in the area in the past six months, compared to the same time last year.
"Police in West Belfast are committed to tackling the issue of car crime effectively to apprehend those involved in this type of activity and to bring them before the courts."
CI White added: "We are happy to continue our work alongside FBTCC and hope that the positive relationship continues to bring about the results that we all want - to reduce car crime in the area and make the streets of West Belfast a safer place to live."
Attending the launch was Fiona Brammeld, whose pregnant sister Maureen was killed instantly by joyriders.
"It's important for us to be here today to send out a message to deathdrivers/joyriders to stop what they are doing, it's still going on today after 22 years when our sister was killed and her baby daughter," she told UTV.
She said she wants to see judges issue heavier jail sentences to deter others.
"We've been through a trauma. It's not fair for other people to go through the same thing," she added.
"And young ones growing up and seeing this happening, thinking this is a joy. It's not joy. It's not joy at all. In areas like this, on roads like this, it's happening time and time again.
"It has to stop. It really has to stop. And the only way to stop is maybe a stiffer sentence. The law is there. It needs to be used."
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