Police to step up patrols following series of thefts from cars in Ipswich

Spate of thefts from cars in Ipswich

Spate of thefts from cars in Ipswich - Credit: PA

Officers will be undertaking extra patrols in a number of roads in Ipswich after a spate of thefts in the town.

Between 6pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday, seven cars were broken into with items stolen.

In Foxhall Road, a car window was smashed and a tin was stolen from within, while in Parliament Road, a mobile phone was stolen from a car.

An amount of cash was stolen from a vehicle in Digby Road after a window was smashed, and cash was stolen from a vehicle in Lattice Avenue.

In Henslow Road, a car was entered, and a pink purse containing cash and cards was stolen, and an iPod was stolen after a car was entered in Belvedere Road.

Ipswich North East Safer Neighbourhood Team’s acting Sergeant, Gareth Northwood, said officers would be offering crime prevention advice to residents in the affected roads.

He said: “Motorists are advised to ensure they keep their vehicles locked at all times and remove any property from view.

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“The majority of thieves are opportunists who will try door handles until they find an open one, or force entry if they can see something inside the vehicle that they believe may be worth stealing.

“Extra patrols will be taking place in and around the roads affected and our officers will also be out leaflet dropping in the neighbourhood, offering crime prevention advice and warning vehicle owners to be vigilant.”

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman also reminded car owners to not leave anything on display in their vehicles, and that if motorists can’t take their belongings with them, they should lock them in the boot before leaving.

They also advised that motorists get an alarm installed, and marking all valuables that are frequently taken in their car.

They added: “Lock all doors and close windows and the sun roof every time you leave your car unattended.”

Anyone with any information relating to these incidents is asked to contact Ipswich Police on 101, quoting crime number IE/15/2857.