Warning to motorists after vehicle break-in frenzy at Stevenage car park

Two separate handbag thefts have occurred at Whittlesey Co-Op

Two separate handbag thefts have occurred at Whittlesey Co-Op - Credit: Archant

Police in Stevenage have warned motorists not to leave valuable belongings in their vehicles after a spate of break-ins at Fairlands Valley Park.

Between 9pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday, November 15, six vehicles were broken into in the car park. Some had their doors prised open and others had had their windows smashed.

Numerous items were taken including sat navs, money, glasses, iPhones and an Apple watch.

Stevenage Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Tabert said: “Leaving items of any value in your vehicle is just a green light to thieves.

“On this occasion it has been rich pickings and the offenders have managed to blatantly break into numerous vehicles in probably a very short space of time.

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“They have clearly targeted the cars where they can see there is something worth taking that is easily accessible.

“I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to take your valuables with you when you leave your vehicle. Even if they do not cost that much to replace, these drivers have now got to go to through the hassle of getting doors and windows repaired and claiming on their insurance.

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“A bit of thought when you leave your parked car may prevent you from being a target for thieves.”

If you were in the area at the time and witnessed the thefts, or saw anyone behaving suspiciously in the area, please contact DS Phoebe Biggs on 101 quoting crime reference number E1/17/9333 or report information online at herts.police.uk/report.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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