Garage Watch, is a messaging system to alert local garages to any vehicle police suspect of being involved in a collision.
It aims to stop drivers avoiding justice by getting car repairs done swiftly at garages while lying about the cause of the damage. It also enables police to warn garages about crime trends such as thefts of vehicles and motor equipment plus burglaries affecting similar businesses in the local area.
Garage watch was devised following a fatal collision in Dorset where a teenage girl was killed. The offending driver left the scene and claimed to the garage undertaking repairs to his vehicle that he had hit an animal.
The police alert all garages, body repair shops and breaker yards who have joined the messaging service, of any suspicious or wanted vehicle, aiming to prevent drivers from getting away with an offence.
The service is free and is run through the Force’s community messaging system which enables police to keep the public informed about crimes and incidents affecting their local area.
Alerts are received via a recorded phone message, fax or email and businesses can opt for Garage Watch messages only.
Garages are encouraged to register for the scheme and can do so from the community messaging pages. When completing the online form and asked to select 'What category would you like to register for?' select other and then add Garage watch to the text box.
If you want to link to this page use the short cut: www.dc.police.uk/garagewatch