Un­usual loot taken from cars in N. Wales

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THIEVES have tar­geted ve­hi­cles more than 3,300 times across North Wales in less than three years.

Since the start of 2016 they have stolen ev­ery­thing from tools, ra­dios and jew­ellery to ban­jos, scrap metal, pa­per shred­ders and coal.

Other items stolen have in­cluded gro­ceries, pre­scrip­tion drugs, a vac­uum cleaner, a com­pass, shoes, signs, con­tact lenses, cos­met­ics and a lad­der.

But, in that time, only 117 peo­ple were charged with an of­fence. The vast ma­jor­ity of recorded ve­hi­cle theft crimes – 2,833 – went un­solved.

The recorded crime fig­ures were re­vealed fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest and covered un­til the lat­est avail­able data for 2018.

They also re­vealed ve­hi­cles parked around Wrex­ham were the most likely to be hit by thieves, who struck 879 times.

Sec­ond was Rhyl with 233, fol­lowed by Ban­gor (175), Caernar­fon (144), Prestatyn (130), Mold (122), Dee­side (118), Col­wyn Bay (93), Holy­head (76) and Abergele (64).

The most stolen items were power and hand tools, with 55 in­ci­dents of peo­ple who had left purses, hand­bags or nap­sacks in ve­hi­cles tar­geted.

North Wales Po­lice of­fi­cers have con­tin­u­ally warned peo­ple not to leave items in their cars say­ing: “Don’t leave items on view in your ve­hi­cle. Lock them away or bet­ter still, re­move them.”

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