Police issue warning after spate of vehicle thefts in Stansted

POLICE have urged residents to keep their vehicles secure and avoid leaving valuables on display following a spate of thefts in Stansted.

Neighbourhood constable Pc Tom Bastendorff said: “I would urge drivers to keep doors locked and windows shut. It may sound obvious but unlocked doors and open windows are invitations to thieves so make sure your vehicle is secure even if you are only popping into a shop, paying for petrol or getting a car park ticket.

“Please don’t forget to lock the boot and sun roof too. It only takes seconds for a thief to make off with your belongings.

“Finally, and crucially, don’t leave anything valuable on display. Thefts from vehicles greatly outnumber thefts of vehicles so never leave your property on display on the dashboard or front or back seats.

“Removing valuables like radios, satellite navigation systems, mobile phones and laptops helps remove temptation. Don’t forget to wipe away the marks left by your satellite navigation system’s suction pad on your windscreen as they may lead thieves to believe it’s in your car somewhere.

“I would urge residents and drivers to remain vigilant, and if you become aware of any suspicious behaviour, please contact police on 101 as soon as possible.”

There have been eight reported thefts in the Stansted area since the end of February. Satellite navigation systems, camera equipment and tools were all among the items stolen. Many of the break-ins involved windows being smashed.

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