Sunday, March 26, 2023

Police urge car owners to be vigilant as theft epidemic hits Thurrock

POLICE have urged drivers in Thurrock to be vigilant with vehicle security following an increase in thefts of vans and cars.

Sixty vehicles have been stolen since the start of March and various overt and covert police operations have been launched to tackle the problem.

White vans have been the main target of the thieves with 24 having been taken so far this month. They include 19 Ford Transit vans, mostly the latest models.

The other 36 vehicles are mainly cars of various makes and ages.

Thefts from vehicles have also increased with 76 offences recorded since March 1.

Chief Inspector Ben Hodder, the Thurrock district commander said: “There has been a sudden and steady increase in vehicle crime throughout the Thurrock district and we have brought in extra resources and specialist units to help to deal with this problem.

“Various operations are in place during days and nights and we are using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology to watch for suspicious vehicles coming into our area. Local officers have been joined by colleagues from the Essex Police Operational Support Group and road police officers who are providing extra patrols in the area.

“We also urge vehicle owners to be vigilant with vehicle security and they are advised to fit additional deterrents such as steering wheel or hand brake locks in addition to the usual immobilisers. Drivers should also try to park in well-lit areas and avoid leaving any valuables in cars or vans.”

If anyone sees any vehicle crimes in progress they should call 999 immediately. Anyone with other less urgent information should contact officers at Grays on 101.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


More articles