Stolen Chiswick Car Was On Route To The Congo
Police discovered the Range Rover at Tilbury Docks
A Range Rover stolen in Chiswick was discovered by police in the process of being shipped to the Congo (DRC).
Police acting on a tip off discovered the luxury car at Tilbury Docks in Essex about to be sent to the African state.
The vehicle had been stolen in Chiswick, from a home near the river. It has been returned to its owner following forensic investigations.
Theft of motor vehicles is an ongoing problem in Chiswick and police say that thieves have been able to steal some models without causing any damage or needing a key. Numerous BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport models have been taken using this method.
The police are now advising that physical security devices such as steering locks can help to prevent your car being targeted.
Thieves are stealing Range Rovers and BMWS
According to the latest Neighbourhood Watch briefing from the Turnham Green ward in Chiswick, there were 42 crimes reported in the two-week period from 17th February to 2nd March. This was a 28.8% reduction on the 59 crimes in the previous reporting period.
The crimes reported ranged from burglaries to theft from vehicles - all figures showed a decrease from the previous reporting period. There were three residential burglaries recorded in the first week in the ward. There were also two robberies from shops on the Chiswick High Road. Officers visited addresses surrounding each property to alert local residents and seek witnesses.
There were seven offences of theft from vehicles recorded in the fortnight, four fewer than the last reporting period. This included theft of property from within vehicles and the theft of number plates and other items from the vehicle exterior.
There were no pickpocket or theft offences recorded in the area. However police say it is important to remain vigilant and take care of possessions.
March 13, 2014