Concerns over latest car break-ins around Grange Farm, Kesgrave

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Motorists in Kesgrave are being urged to keep their cars locked and valuables out of sight after the latest in a string of attempts to access them.

On Tuesday, several homeowners in Grange Farm reported attempted break-ins to their cars to police late on Monday night.

One resident – who did not wish to be named – said their home CCTV cameras had detected two men peering into cars and trying door handles at around 11.30pm on Monday night, in and around Terry Gardens and Hartree Way.

The resident added: “In these cases, the alarms on the cars were not activated but the cars had been locked prior to the break-ins.

“I personally feel that, due to the manner in which they are going from car to car, this is not opportunistic theft.”

Attempted break-ins had also been reported in Turing Court the same evening.

Monday’s attempts are the latest in a string of attempted car break-ins around the Grange Farm area stretching back two years.

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Suffolk county councillor for Kesgrave Christopher Hudson said: “That remains a very disturbing trait, and very disturbing for the public.

“What we need are assurances that when these people are caught they will be dealt with accordingly – it’s an open and shut case of lowlife behaviour.”

In light of the incidents on Monday, officers have reiterated key pointers about keeping cars safe and secure.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “We urge people not to leave valuable items in their vehicles and to make sure they lock up.

“If people are going along trying door handles and they cannot get in, they may well leave because breaking in can make a lot of noise.

“Anyone who sees anything suspicious should contact police.”

Among items that were taken on Monday was a mobile phone and a car stereo.

Other valuables such as iPads, satnavs, wallets, cash and keys are also items that thieves target when attempting to gain access to cars.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area on Monday, or has any relevant information, should call Suffolk police on 101.

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