750 ve­hi­cles stolen in Glas­gow last year

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY LISA BOYLE

MO­TOR thieves nicked more than 750 ve­hi­cles in Glas­gow last year – an av­er­age of 13 be­ing stolen ev­ery week.

Fig­ures ob­tained by the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion act re­vealed a to­tal of 773 cars were re­ported as be­ing pinched in the Greater Glas­gow area in 2018.

Since Jan­uary this year, 129 ve­hi­cles have al­ready been listed as be­ing stolen, as thefts on cars re­main stub­bornly high.

It means more than 1500 cars were stolen within the last three years.

Cops re­vealed Greater Glas­gow has had the high­est num­ber of ve­hi­cle thefts out of ev­ery area in the coun­try so far in 2019.

La­nark­shire fol­lowed closely be­hind, with 124 cars be­ing swiped since Jan­uary.

Ar­gyll and West Dun­bar­ton­shire had the lowest fig­ures, with just 13 cars stolen over a pe­riod of four months.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said: “Po­lice Scot­land reg­u­larly ad­vises the public about keep­ing their prop­erty and pos­ses­sions, in­clud­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles, se­cure.

“We carry out ini­tia­tives to high­light how to pre­vent be­com­ing a vic­tim of ve­hi­cle crime.

“How­ever, we also need the public to play its part by not leaving ve­hi­cles run­ning or unat­tended, with keys in the ig­ni­tion, while de­frost­ing or keys vis­i­ble within the home.”

In 2017, stats showed 691 cars were nicked in Glas­gow, re­veal­ing the num­ber of thefts con­tinue to rise year by year. In La­nark­shire, 803 mo­tors were taken in 2018, a slight jump from the 683 stolen from the town in 2017.

Last month res­i­dents in Bears­den were warned to watch out for a new style of theft which re­sulted in sev­eral cars be­ing stolen.

A num­ber of in­ci­dents were re­ported through­out the area and nearby Mil­ngavie, with thieves “fishing” car keys through a let­ter­box.

To pre­vent ve­hi­cle thefts, Po­lice Scot­land has is­sued a num­ber of mea­sures owners can use.

These in­clude fit­ting a car alarm, us­ing lock­ing wheel nuts and park­ing in well-lit, CCTV cov­ered ar­eas.

The po­lice force also warned about the dangers of driv­ers leaving their engines run­ning while de­frost­ing ice from ve­hi­cles.

Dur­ing the cold snap ear­lier this year, they warned how op­por­tunist thieves op­er­ate in res­i­den­tial ar­eas on frosty, cold morn­ings and they look out for ve­hi­cles that have been left with their en­gine run­ning.

Po­lice Scot­land said: “We would urge mo­torists to leave ex­tra time to go out­side and de­frost the ve­hi­cle them­selves, and not leave it un­locked with the en­gine run­ning.”

Thefts in Glas­gow re­main stub­bornly high.

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