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Police urge motorists to focus on security following vehicle crime in Derby East

Posted on 28th October 2014

Police are appealing for information following a number of thefts in relation to vehicles in the Chellaston, Alvaston and Boulton neighbourhoods.

Sometime between Saturday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 28, twelve vehicles were entered and items such as iPods, money, clothing and a sat nav were stolen.  

Overnight between Sunday, October 26 around 6pm and Monday, October 27, 6.55am a motorcycle was stolen from outside a house on Shakespeare Street, thieves used a bolt cropping lock to remove the steering lock. 

The same evening saw a moped stolen from a private driveway on Westminster Street.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, manager of the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Derby East said: “Clearly an effort was made to take the motorcycles but last weekend saw a large number of vehicles left insecure and for this reason it was much easier for thieves to gain entry and steal the contents from within.

“We appeal to home and vehicle owners to take extra care when securing their property or vehicle.

“We ask that neighbours keep alert to any suspicious behaviour or activity in their area and to call the police when it is taking place.

“If this is not possible please call us as soon as you can with a description of the persons or any vehicles or bikes they may be using.

“If you use CCTV please check it and report any suspicious behaviour.”

Crime prevention advice includes:

  • Make sure that all windows and doors are properly secure before leaving your vehicle unattended - even if it's only for a short amount of time;
  • Keep any valuables out of sight, either in the boot or not in the car at all;
  • If you have a sat-nav, wipe the windscreen after you have removed it so there is no mark where the holder was placed;
  • Park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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