One car broken into every two days in Colchester

Essex County Standard: One car broken into every two days in Colchester One car broken into every two days in Colchester

A car is being broken into every two days in Colchester according to latest figures.

Essex Police are asking people to make sure their cars are locked and that valuables are kept out of sight.

In January and February, 14 vehicles were broken into each month with most thefts happening in the afternoons, evening and overnight, in The Hythe, town centre and Christchurch New Town areas of Colchester.

Neighbourhood policing officers have stepped up patrols, and undercover officers are also being used to try and catch the thieves red handed.

Insp Barry Atkinson said: "We are asking people to ‘think outside the box’ and remove mobile telephone and sat - nav cradles and brackets from dashboards, thereby leaving no clues for opportunistic thieves.

"Identification is crucial during our investigations as they not only link items to offences, but also reunite items with their rightful owners. People should record car stereo serial numbers and postcode their possessions using ultra-violet pens.”

Drivers are also being asked not to leave their cars unattended while defrosting them in the mornings.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

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2:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

chuffster says...

That's some unlucky owner!!
That's some unlucky owner!! chuffster
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4:02pm Mon 3 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

he might want to park elsewhere
he might want to park elsewhere catflap1
  • Score: 3

4:04pm Mon 3 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

"most thefts happening in the afternoons, evening and overnight"

well as that accounts for 3/4 's of the day most would happen in that time period!
"most thefts happening in the afternoons, evening and overnight" well as that accounts for 3/4 's of the day most would happen in that time period! catflap1
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

gizabreak says...

Wonder how many due to the "blackout". Apparently causes no increase in crime. Well that's what the council say and they always tell the truth !!!!!!!!
Wonder how many due to the "blackout". Apparently causes no increase in crime. Well that's what the council say and they always tell the truth !!!!!!!! gizabreak
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Wed 5 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

gizabreak wrote:
Wonder how many due to the "blackout". Apparently causes no increase in crime. Well that's what the council say and they always tell the truth !!!!!!!!
less than 1/4 of them but that depends on when the evening ends and starts
[quote][p][bold]gizabreak[/bold] wrote: Wonder how many due to the "blackout". Apparently causes no increase in crime. Well that's what the council say and they always tell the truth !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]less than 1/4 of them but that depends on when the evening ends and starts catflap1
  • Score: 0

6:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Checkout says...

Absolutely nothing to do with a lack of street lighting gizabreak. ECC have assured us that it will make no difference to crime. I believe everything they say and so does my cat and her pet mouse.
Absolutely nothing to do with a lack of street lighting gizabreak. ECC have assured us that it will make no difference to crime. I believe everything they say and so does my cat and her pet mouse. Checkout
  • Score: 1

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