Interactive car park helps combat vehicle crime

We’re using virtual reality technology in a pioneering approach to protect people against vehicle crime.

We’re offering security tips - and highlighting potential crime risks- by taking you through an interactive car park setting.

We’ve created the ’Stealer Street’ scene through the eyes of a potential thief to show why your car, bike or lorry may be targeted - and most importantly the best way to prevent it.

A 360-degree camera has been used so you can fully become fully immersed in the realistic setting and pick up on all the advice.

With increasing numbers of people expected to return to our town and city centres from this month we want to keep you free from crime where possible.

This innovative approach to reducing vehicle crime follows the success of our virtual reality burglary crime scene 27 Station Road.

Stealer Street is supported by our campaign ambassador, motoring journalist Vicki Butler-Henderson.

Vicki has also produced a set of videos which offer further crime prevention tips and advice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCezgPwDVUU&list=PLU6CqNjl3Z57keNrW-EESmW0sgBU4CPNo&index=1

Mark Silvester our design out crime manager, said: “Using asset recovery funding, we were able to build a product to tackle vehicle crime.

"We know the impact vehicle crime has on our communities and through asset recovery funding we’ve built a product we hope better protects your vehicle.

“Stealer Street provides a new and innovative way to spread advice on how to prevent crime.

"It also gives tips on where to find the best security products that have been tested and approved to protect your car, van or motorcycle."

You can visit the interactive scene and read the crime prevention advice via the https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/stealer-street page.

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