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Police are investigating a series of thefts from vehicles in West Sussex Brighton News

POLICE are urging motorists to be vigilant following a wave of vehicle thefts in rural areas.

Items such as GPS devices, headphones, handbags, clothing, license plates and bed linen have been stolen in recent weeks.

So far this year, around 60 incidents have been reported to police in car parks and parking areas in Lavant, Funtington, Goodwood, Midhurst, Pulborough and Amberley.

However, it is suspected that some incidents go unreported, police said.

The police are urging all victims to get in touch as soon as possible in order to prevent and detect further offences.

Constable Steve Bucksey, of the Roads Enforcement Unit, said: ‘This appears to be a series of linked crimes in which rear and side windows are smashed in order to steal items from vehicles parked in areas rural.

“We are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of beautiful countryside via car parks and parking areas in Sussex, and while we would not discourage people from using these car parks, it is important to know the risks .

“Never leave valuables in your car, especially not on display. Remove all signs of valuables, such as marks left by satellite navigation systems. Above all, be vigilant and contact us if you have been the victim of a crime or have witnessed suspicious activity such as vehicles without license plates.

“The most concerning thing about these incidents is that they appear to be underreported. On some occasions, we heard from victims that multiple vehicles were targeted and damaged, but they were the only ones to report it.

“We rely on the efficient transmission of information, ideally immediately on the scene, in order to quickly develop our intelligence. This way we can alert our colleagues through force and increase our chances of catching those responsible and bringing them to justice.

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Source: www.theargus.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-04-22 08:49:58

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