Police issue warning after spate of thefts from vehicles in Colnbrook

Police have issued a warning about a rise in theft from motor vehicles following a big increase in incidents in Colnbrook and across the borough.  

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After a quiet October local Police have reported ten thefts from vehicles in just the last couple of weeks. Police have issued advice to vehicle owners and urged vigilance against mainly opportunist thieves.

Calder Way in the Poyle Industrial Estate saw three vans hit in one night.

Theft from Vehicle

Crown Meadow, Colnbrook 1630 03/11/2014. Renault Laguna BV**JVU
Stolen: Front and rear number plates.

Moreland Avenue, Colnbrook 1700 06/11/2014 – 0725 07/11/2014. Ford Transit EY**UNJ
Entry gained via unknown means.
Stolen: Tools.

Trent Road, Westfield 1630-1930 09/11/2014. VW Caddy Van PE**RDO
Stolen: Front and rear number plates.

Crown Meadow, Colnbrook 1430 10/11/2014 – 0624 11/11/2014. Ford Transit YD**TYB
Entry gained through side door.
Stolen: £600 cash stolen from side door.

Calder Way, Horton Road, Poyle 2100 10/11/2014 – 0830 11/11/2014. Mazda 6 NM**HYL
Stolen: Front and rear number plate.

Calder Way, Horton Road, Poyle 1800 13/11/2014 – 0700 14/11/2014. Ford Transit Y7**MJB
Entry gained via unknown means with no damage caused.
Stolen: Generator and breaker.

Calder Way, Horton Road, Poyle 1730 13/11/2014 – 0700 14/11/2014. Ford Transit ND**HXU
Entry gained via unknown means causing no damage.
Stolen: Grinder and saw.

Calder Way, Horton Road, Poyle 1700 13/11/2014 – 0700 14/11/2014. Citroen Berlingo VK**MHZ
Smashed nearside front window.
Stolen: Makita tool kit and drill kit.

Calder Way, Horton Road, Poyle 2000-2330 16/11/2014. Ford Transit MM**HGF
Entry gained by unknown means.
Stolen: Tools.

Vicarage Way, Colnbrook 0330-0600 17/11/2014. Ford Mondeo LR**SNV
Entry gained by unknown means.
Stolen: TomTom sat nav stolen.

Crime advice

Most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions (eg, handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) are left on show inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing.
Offences can take place during the day or night, whether a vehicle is parked in a driveway, on the street or in a public car park.

Typically thieves will smash windows to gain entry; sometimes they will break door locks or, on older vehicles, prise the door away from the body of the vehicle.

The following sections contain crime prevention and reduction advice for motorists and car park owners, as well as tactics that will assist police and partners to reduce this type of vehicle crime.

  • When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car
  • Park your car in an attended car park
  • Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area
  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle
  • Take all your personal possessions with you
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens
  • Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car
  • Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website
  • Do not store your car’s documents in the car
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts
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