Theft from motor vehicles increased in June say Neighbourhood Police

The Neighbourhood Policing team has reported a slight increase in theft from motor vehicles and of number plates in June.


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PC James Senior in his neighbourhood update reported a “slight increase” in theft from motor vehicles, driven by valuables being left visible in cars.

He said:

“Offenders appear to be targeting vehicles with identification documents left on display. Please ensure that all valuables are removed from your vehicle before parking.”

He added:

“Thefts of number plates continue to be an issue that is affecting not only our neighbourhood but other areas of Berkshire. Your local neighbourhood team have tamper proof screws for your number plates and we will keep you updated as to when these are available.”

Recent incidents have included:

  • Myrtle Crescent:  between July 4-7 a Peugeot Boxer van left unlocked due to a faulty alarm was broken into.  Various tools, a laptop and £4 cash were taken from the vehicle.
  • Humber Way:  July 7, 3 am: a neighbour witnessed offenders removing plastic side panels from a Mercedes Sprinter van before making off down Humber Way.
  • Cavendish Court, Coleridge Crescent: between 9:30 pm on July 6 and 7:30 am July 7,  the front and rear number plates were stolen from a Volkswagen Polo.


PC Senior also reported that a successful automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operation was carried out by the neighbourhood team on Sutton Lane, Colnbrook, in June.

Numerous vehicles of interest were stopped by officers.   One person was arrested and a variety of motorists dealt with for offences under the Road Traffic Act.  Speed enforcement was also carried out.  The operation was carried out in conjunction with the Iver neighbourhood policing team.

PC Senior said the operation is something the neighbourhood team is looking to repeat on a regular basis at various locations throughout the village.


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