A new publicity campaign with a message for joyriders has been launched.
Money raised by west Belfast police has funded the new hard-hitting posters and leaflets, which are designed as a reminder of the potentially lethal consequences of getting involved in vehicle crime.
Members of the Auto Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams will distribute the leaflets to members of the public whilst on duty.
Schools in west Belfast will also receive them, and they will be available directly from police stations.
One of the posters, sent to the News Letter, states that joyriding kills children and pregnant mothers, and asks bluntly: “Where is the joy?”
Speaking after a meeting with Families Bereaved Through Car Crime (FBTCC) yesterday, chief inspector Michael White, area commander for the west of the city, said: “The Auto Crime Team has been instrumental in the significant reduction in car crime in the west Belfast area, which is down by 84 per cent in the last 10 years, and much of this is due to the great partnership work with local groups and agencies including FBTCC.
“By working together, we can address the issues which matter most to the local community.”