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Vehicle Crime - North Acocks Green Village

Alert message sent 19/12/2019 18:28:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police


Good Evening All.

Unfortunately there have been incidents of vehicle crime within the past two weeks particularly north of Acocks Green Village, Acocks Green:-

Olton Croft, Acocks Green – Theft from Motor Vehicle – occurred between 10.00 P.M. on the 7TH December and 11.00 A.M. on 8th December – car parts taken.

Bericote Croft, Acocks Green – Theft From Motor Vehicle – occurred between 11.40 P.M. on the 7th December and 1.13 P.M. on the 8th December 2019 – items taken within vehicle

Alexander Road, Acocks Green - Theft From Motor Vehicle – occurred between 10.00 A.M. on the 8th December 2019 and 12.34 on the 9th December – registration plates taken.

Woodcock Lane, Acocks Green - Theft from Motor Vehicle – occurred between 00.30 A.M. and 07.50 A.M. on the 12thDecember 2019 - tools taken from van.

Wynford Road, Acocks Green –Theft from Motor Vehicle – occurred between 04.23 A.M. and 5.45 P.M. on 15th December 2019 – Registration Plates taken

Alexander Road, Acocks Green - 2 x Theft of Motor Vehicles – occurred between 8.30 P.M. on the 15th December and 10.55 on the 16th December 2019.

If you were in the area at the time of any of the incidents and saw anything suspicious please respond to this message.

Please be mindful of leaving any items on display within your vehicle. Offenders will look through windows and will take the risk of gaining entry if they believe there are items worth stealing from within.

Please see some below tips and advice regarding vehicle crime:-

1. Always lock it
Fuelling up or popping back into your house to get something are perfect examples of how easy it is to turn your back for a moment and forget your vehicle is unsecured. So get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment.

2. Close windows and the sun roof to prevent ‘fishing’
Leaving windows and the sunroof open invites fishing for items through the gap by hand or with, say, a bent coat hanger, which could also be used to unlock a door for them to get in. Thieves can be ingenious. Don’t give them the opportunity.

3. Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws
The easiest way to change the identity of a stolen vehicle or avoid speeding tickets and parking tickets is to fit stolen number plates. Using security screws to attach your vehicle’s number plates makes it harder for thieves to get your number.

4. Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels
Stolen wheels are valuable, either as parts or for their scrap value. Using locking wheel nuts reduces the risk of your vehicle’s wheels being stolen. Besides, your vehicle will always look better on wheels than on a pile of bricks.

5. Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle
Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure, but still, don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it. For further information and advice, visit:- https://www.soldsecure.com/

6. Take it with you or hide it
Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.

7. Hide electrical items and leave no clues
Leaving Sat Nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if they can’t see the Sat Nav or iPad they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight.

8. Take your documents with you
Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. This means they could sell it on quite easily. So, never leave any documents in the vehicle.

9. Park in well-lit and busier areas
It can take less than 30 seconds to break into a vehicle. Parking in well-lit areas and busy streets increases the chances of a thief being seen, so they’ll probably steer clear.

10. Choose your car park wisely
If possible, always try to park in well-lit and staffed car parks or those with a Park Mark safer parking award. To find one, simply check out http://www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder (search for Birmingham).

Regards PCSO John Ludford
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John Ludford (Police, PCSO, Yardley)

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