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'Be alert' warning to car owners after crime spree

'Be alert' warning to car owners after crime spree

Glenn Mitchell

'Be alert' warning to car owners after crime spree

The public have been warned to be on their guard after a car crime blitz that has seen 29 vehicles smashed into since Monday.

Thieves have struck in Ascot, Windsor, Eton Wick and Maidenhead. Vehicles have been targeted in car parks of gyms, pubs and in residential roads.

Police said a typical week will see reports of 10 or 12 smash-and-grab crimes on parked cars.

LPA commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, Superintendent Kate Ford, said: “I would appeal to motorists to help us to help them by ensuring nothing is left on display in their vehicles and they leave cars locked and secure.

“Even items the owner doesn’t view as valuable can attract an opportunist thief. Wherever possible park in well-lit areas and, if you can, somewhere covered by CCTV.”

She added: “Equally important is to report any suspicious people or vehicles that look out of place.

“We would much rather get the call, check it out and find an innocent explanation than not to know about it in the first place.”

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