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CONSTANT VIGILANCE: Warning issued to Watford motorists after spike in vehicle crime

 Published on: 26th October 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Arrests have been made amidst a spike in vehicle crime theft in Watford.

From October 1 to October 20, police received 42 reports of vehicles being broken into, with many targeted vehicles having been left unlocked.

The majority of offences centred on roads branching off from Rickmansworth Road, St Albans Road, and Hempstead Road, with the hours of midnight to 5.30 am being the most at-risk times.

A 31-year-old man from Watford was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle in Parkside Drive in the early hours of October 2, after a member of the public called police when they witnessed suspicious activity on the road.

Meanwhile, in the early hours of on October 23, another man was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a motor vehicle at Herga Court after a local resident witnessed a person trying door handles and dialled 999.

A police spokesperson said: “He had several items on his person that he quickly discarded before making a run for it, but we caught up with him before seizing those items as evidence. He’s now safely locked up in custody.”

Speaking on the troubling trend surrounding vehicle crime, Inspector Jones, who leads the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Tackling this spike in vehicle crime is a neighbourhood policing priority, because we know how frustrating and unsettling it is for victims when they realise their property has been stolen.

“In response, we have been carrying out overnight plain-clothed patrols in the affected areas as well as targeted operations where PCSOs have been trying door handles and identifying insecure vehicles before alerting their owners. The aim of this proactive work is to highlight just how easy it is for opportunistic criminals to gain access to your vehicle if you forget to lock it.”

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