Rise in burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles sees police issue warning – Stratford district
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We are warning people in Stratford district to be vigilant after a rise in burglary and theft from motor vehicle incidents in the past few months.
The most recent incidents took place overnight between 15 and 16 September in Wootton Wawen, Preston Bagot, Hockley Heath, Lapworth and Lowsonford and last night (Monday) in Alcester and Morton Bagot.
As part of our ongoing investigation, we have been carrying out multiple lines of enquiry across the district.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously or are a victim of crime, please get in touch by contacting us online, calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
PC Angharad Hornby said: “Unfortunately we have seen a rise in the number of burglaries and theft from motor vehicle incidents across Stratford district.
“The effect of burglary and theft can be devastating and we would ask residents to remain vigilant at all times.
“Simple steps such as ensuring their windows and doors are kept locked, any valuables remain out of sight, alarms are set and lights are left on if they’re leaving the house – even if it’s just for a short while.
“In terms of vehicles, the same principle applies - always keep them locked, the windows up and don’t leave valuables where thieves can see them.
“We’d also advise people to park their vehicles in a garage where possible, use physical deterrents such as a steering wheel lock and never leave the keys in the ignition - particularly on cold mornings.
“Although they are only small things, it’s key people do everything they can to avoid becoming victims and in turn, stop opportunistic criminals.
“We are doing all we can to locate those responsible, and as part of this, we are looking into a number of lines of enquiry.
“We are aware many people have commented about the issue on social media, however we would ask them to get in touch with us if they spot something that doesn’t seem right.
“If anyone has witnessed any suspicious behaviour in their area please report it to us.
"Please also share this advice with family and friends who may not have access to social media.”
Issued: Laura Maltby, Corporate Communications