Motorists urged to be on their guard after spate of thefts

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Bedfordshire Polic is urging residents across the county to ensure that they lock up their vehicles following a spate of thefts last week.

On Thursday and Friday there were four reported thefts from motor vehicles or attempted thefts in Kempston area.

The offences were:

- Sometime between 6.30pm on Thursday March 13 and 7.30am the following morning thieves gained entry to a Hyundai Coupe in Margetts Road and stole sunglasses, the car stereo facia and a number of CDS.

- Between 10pm on March 13 and 9am on March 14, thieves forced their way into a Renault Laguna which was parked on a drive in Coniston Close. Once inside the car manual and wheel locking nuts were taken.

- A Peugeot 206 parked in Galloway Close was the target of thieves between Tuesday March 11 and Friday March 14 but they left empty handed after forcing open the door.

- A final theft took place in Ullswater Close sometime between 9.15pm on Thursday and 5.45am the next morning. The offenders forced open the door of a Ford Fiesta and stole a Sat Nav which was in the glove box.

Chief Inspector Julian Frost of the Local Policing Team, said: “We appear to have had a spate of incidents where vehicles have been targeted by opportunist thieves.

“Although the long nights are starting to come to an end we would still encourage people to make sure that they secure their homes and vehicles.

“Locking your vehicles, setting the alarm, leaving it in a well-lit area or using your garage will all help to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of vehicle crime. Replacing lost mobile phones, bank cards and keys is a real nuisance and can be simply avoided by either taking your things with you when you leave your vehicle or if possible leave them at home.”