Thefts from cars in Kesgrave almost doubles in last year

Rise in thefts from cars

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Police are urging motorists to lock their cars after new statistics revealed that the number of thefts from cars in Kesgrave almost doubled last year.

The data, released as part of a Freedom of Information request, revealed that in 2014, there were 62 thefts from vehicles in Kesgrave compared to just 36 in 2013.

The figures also revealed that in 2013 half of those thefts were from cars that were unlocked, while in 2014 nearly two thirds were from vehicles that were not secure.

Mike Sarbutts, Police Community Support Officer for Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew, said: “As well as working hard to investigate the crimes committed, we have been visiting people in Kesgrave and the surrounding area to remind them of the security precautions that they should be taking when it comes to keeping their vehicle safe.

“Always keep your car locked, even if you are only leaving it unattended for a moment or two, and try to avoid leaving valuables in your car. If you do have to leave items in your car, make sure they’re hidden from display and locked in the boot.

“We would also urge people to look out for their neighbours - if you notice someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, call 101 to let us know.”

The statistics come after a number of incidents of car crime in recent months, including 14 thefts in October alone.

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Christopher Hudson, Suffolk county councillor for Kesgrave and Rushmere St Andrew, said: “I am shocked and appalled at this increase, and it is very disturbing because people should keep their hands off other people’s property. I would urge people to lock the doors of their cars, and I really think we should make an example of these thieves when we watch catch them.

“It is opportunistic, and we need to take a zero tolerance stance on this sort of crime.”