Petrol prices may fuel crime spree in Thurrock

Police are appealing for the public to be vigilant after six cars in High View Avenue, Grays, had their fuel tanks punctured to steal the fuel.

The latest incidents follow a recent police appeal after over 10 cars had their fuel tanks drilled to steal the fuel in Godman Road, Chadwell-St-Mary on February 9. Over £345 worth of fuel has been stolen from the cars, ranging from Ford’s, a Jaguar, a Renault and a Vauxhall. Over £1,300 damage has been caused to the fuel tanks.

In the latest incident, six cars, including a Nissan, a VW, a BMW, a Ford a Vauxhall and a Fiat all had their petrol caps punctured and had fuel stolen in High View Avenue, Grays overnight on Tuesday, February 15. Some cars also had their windscreen wipers pulled of. The total amount of damage caused was £3,470. The total amount of fuel stolen is estimated at £150.

Insp John French said: “This is a significant amount of damage that has been caused to these victims’ cars, who now have the hassle and expense of repairing the damage caused. With the price of petrol as it is, this seems to be an increasing crime problem, so we are asking the public’s help to be vigilant and look out for anyone carrying petrol cans or behaving suspiciously around vehicles.”

Police are advising residents to park their cars in well lit areas, overlooked by residential properties, and where possible, park your car in a private garage.

If you see a crime unfolding, call 999. If you see anything suspicious, please contact police on 0300 333 4444 or if you know who is committing crime in your area, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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