‘Unprecedented’ rise in thefts
Warning as incidents of items stolen from cars triple in just three weeks
MOTORISTS in Chiltern and South Bucks are being urged to be extra vigilant following news that thefts from motor vehicles have almost tripled in recent weeks.
Some 57 thefts from motor vehicles offences have been reported to Thames Valley Police over the last three weeks.
Between August 11 and 24, 14 thefts from motor vehicles were reported to police across the local police area (LPA), equating to one theft per day.
However, over the following two weeks, August 25 to September 7, the LPA experienced almost triple that amount with 42 offences being reported, averaging three thefts a day.
This trend has continued as since September 8, where 16 further offences have been reported.
Inspector Gill Fox, neighbourhood inspector for Chiltern and South Bucks, said: “The LPA has seen an unprecedented increase in thefts from motor vehicles over recent weeks.
“I would therefore urge motorists to be extra vigilant, to secure their vehicles at all times and to not leave valuables on display. This can help reduce some of the opportunist thefts.
“Of the 57 offences reported over the past three weeks, at least nine of these relate to vehicles left insecure.”
She added: ”We are currently providing high visibility police patrols in areas where more than a few thefts have been reported as part of this recent increase.
“So far this month, Chesham has seen 10 catalytic converters targeted, most of these thefts occurring overnight.
“A series has also been identified in South Buckinghamshire where targeted vehicles have all been parked in beauty spot/recreational car parks during daytime hours.
“I would like to reassure the residents of Chiltern and South Bucks that we are very aware of the current issue and are doing all we can to tackle it.
“We have already made some arrests in connection with some of the incidents and are hopeful that further arrests will be made very soon.”
Residents who see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles, or if they have any other information which could assist police, can contact police via 101.