POLICE are asking the public to ensure their vehicles are secure after a recent rise in car crime across Thurrock.
In January, police received 103 reports of theft from motor vehicles, compared to 76 in December 2011, showing a 35.5 per cent rise in offences. There were also 35 vehicles stolen in December, as well as 35 stolen in January.
Police have launched Operation Waring, in Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham where there were 13 reports of break-ins in January, which will see officers carrying out patrols at key times of the day to prevent further break-ins. Stop checks will also be carried out to ensure that anyone visiting the area is doing so for a lawful purpose, and not to commit car crime.
Officers across the whole district will also be carrying out patrols and educating car owners if they spot a vulnerable vehicle.
In one of the most recent incidents in Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon, index plates from a Ford Focus were stolen between 5.30pm and 10.30pm on January 31. They were worth £30.
In one of the more unusual thefts, two Jaguars parked in Chestnut Avenue, Grays had their chrome radiator grills stolen between 6pm on January 29 and 10am the next day. They are worth approximately £500 each.
Sgt Marc Jordan, from the Thurrock East neighbourhood policing team, said: “There has been a real variety of offences reported across the whole of the area. We are taking hold of the situation, but we are also asking the public to help us by ensuring they remove all items of value such as sat nav’s, lose change and stereo fascia’s from their vehicles. Thieves know all of the hiding places so ensure that all property is removed instead of being put in the glove box or under the passenger seat.
“We need residents to help us by also being our eyes and ears, so if you see anything suspicious, please call it in so we can stop more offences being committed.”
If you have any information about car crime in your area, please call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.