Spate of vehicle break-ins

PUBLISHED: 06:14 02 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:58 31 May 2010

CRIMINALS illegally entered a number of cars parked in Great Sampford last week. During last Tuesday night, a grey Toyota Corolla parked in Finchingfield Road was accessed, but nothing was stolen or damaged. A Suzuki Wagon R+, parked in the High Street,

CRIMINALS illegally entered a number of cars parked in Great Sampford last week.

During last Tuesday night, a grey Toyota

Corolla parked in Finchingfield Road was accessed, but nothing was stolen or damaged.

A Suzuki Wagon R+, parked in the High Street, was also entered during the same period.

Thieves stole an aircraft scanner from a Land Rover Discovery on the same road and £10 of loose change from a green Jeep Cherokee, while a green BMW was broken into but nothing was stolen.

In Hempstead, a black bag was taken from a black BMW parked in the High Street; the thieves smashed one of the car's windows to gain access.

The bag was later recovered and returned to its owner.

Essex Police's crime reduction officer Peter Caulfield, said: "If you have a driveway or garage, use it to store your car and ensure it's locked.

"When people park on their driveways, they think they're impenetrable and leave valuables inside, but they should always be removed wherever the car is parked.

"Try and park outside your house, in a space lit by streetlamps, and have a movement-activated alarm fitted."

Police are linking all of these incidents and anyone with information should call Saffron Walden Police Station on 01799 513232.

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