Car Crime Hot Spot Warning Does Nothing to Deter Thieves

Eleven thefts from motor vehicles in Chiswick High Road area in past two weeks

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The Police in Chiswick

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There were eleven thefts from motor vehicles in the past two weeks with 40% of the offences happening on a Friday according to latest police figures.

55% of the thefts were committed overnight (between 22:00 and 07:00) as opposed to 30% in the afternoon between 12:00 and 14:00 with saloon cars, hatchbacks, people carriers and convertibles being the main targets.

A spokesperson for local Police said "Smashing a window to gain entry was the most used method - 50%. The door lock was forced in one offence.

"Property taken included mobile phones, tax discs and car number plates. Thieves target items left on display"

The majority of these offences occured on and around Chiswick High Road, the area for which police issued a car crime hotspot warning just two weeks ago.

Anyone with any information regarding these offences is asked to call Hounslow Vehicle Investigation Team 0208 247 5940 or Crime Stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Although it may seem obvious, Police have also issued the following tips to help motorists ensure that they and their vehicles do not become victims of car crime.

1. make sure vehicles are left secure
2. don’t leave valuable items or any items on show in the vehicle
3. be vigilant around strange people acting suspiciously in your road
4. call police if in doubt


March 13, 2007