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ON THE RISE: Disabled Watford motorists warned after string of Blue Badge thefts

 Published on: 24th August 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Watford community is recoiling from a string of abhorrent thefts.

Disabled motorists in the area have been warned by police to remove their blue parking permits from their vehicles overnight following a number of thefts.

Five separate incidents of Blue Badges being stolen were reported from August 9 to 19, with the thefts taking place on Estcourt Road, Lower Paddock Road, Bermer Road, the Asda car park on St Albans Road, and Raphael Drive.

On three out of five occasions, the badges were taken from vehicles parked outside the owner’s address overnight. Sunglasses, coins and tools were also taken.

Inspector Dan Jones, who leads the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We’re urging those with disabled parking permits to remove them from their vehicles overnight, because we’ve identified a crime series where we believe vehicles have been targeted specifically for the badges.

“We know these permits are a lifeline for those with reduced or limited mobility and without one, it can sometimes be impossible for them to carry out their day-to-day activities.”

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