‘Un­prece­dented’ rise in thefts

Warn­ing as in­ci­dents of items stolen from cars triple in just three weeks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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