Police release CCTV images after spate of high-end vehicle thefts in neighbouring county
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Police are appealing to the public to consider using “old school” crime prevention methods against keyless vehicle crime, after a spate of high-end thefts in the neighbouring county of Bedfordshire.
In a period of seven days from April 24, seven BMW and Mercedes vehicles were targeted in a series of burglaries that officers are treating as linked.
On a number of occasions suspects were captured on CCTV using large tablets to gain entry to the vehicles.
The group of thieves consisted of two or three people – one with the tablet, one at the car, and another who acted as a lookout.
Police have released images of two men they would like to speak to in connection to the incidents.
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Detective Sergeant Chris Hutton said: “We know that the theft of keyless vehicles is a growing problem across the country, and there are a number of steps that people can take to help protect their vehicles.
“This includes keeping your keys in a safe place as far away from doors and windows as possible, as well as purchasing equipment that can block any hostile signals.
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“But older crime prevention methods are just as effective. Locks for the steering wheel and the handbrake can deter this new wave of thieves, as can parking your car in a way that makes it difficult to get at.
“These burglars have no tools to gain access, but will have what may look like a large tablet. That’s why old school ways of keeping your car safe can be just as good, even with new technology.”
INFO: If you have any information about these incidents, call: DS Hutton on 101 or report information via our online reporting centre.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.