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Appeal to be vigilant following rise in thefts from vehicles and outbuildings in rural areas

Alert message sent 28/07/2020 14:27:00

Information sent on behalf of Gloucestershire Constabulary


Officers are asking residents to please be vigilant following a recent rise in vehicle and shed/garage breaks in the Tewkesbury area.

Rural areas such as Bishops Cleeve, Winchcombe and Witcombe are amongst the areas that have been targeted by offenders.

10 thefts from vehicles have been reported so far this month and investigating officers believe that offenders have gained entry before conducting searches and stealing items from inside.

Criminals are quick to exploit any opportunity they are presented with, such as taking advantage of unlocked vehicles, and officers are urging owners to remove valuable items when leaving vehicles overnight as well as parking in well-lit areas where possible.

 Advice on keeping your vehicle secure can be found here: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound

As well as this four shed/garage breaks have also been reported with items such as gardening equipment and bicycles being stolen.

With the summer months here homeowners are advised to ensure that their sheds and garages are kept secure and that valuable items are not on display.

Advice on securing your shed/garage can be found here: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/non-residential-burglary/secure-shed-garage/

Anyone who believes that their vehicle or shed/garage has been targeted is asked to call 101 or 999 if an offender remains in the area.

Information can also be submitted via our online reporting tool: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/something-youve-seen-or-heard/

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