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Spate of car crime incidents in Basingstoke

Police in Basingstoke are appealing for witnesses after a number of incidents where vehicles were broken into and a car was stolen. Overnight from Monday, June 9, into Tuesday, June 10, offenders broke into seven different cars.

A number of small electrical goods – sat navs and iPods – were stolen. The cars were parked in the Lychpit and Old Basing areas - Cowslip Bank, Crofters Meadow, Saxon Way, Little Basing and Pimpernel Way.

Offenders also broke into a house in Cowslip Crescent and stole the keys to a blue Volkswagen Golf GT FSI car, which was then stolen from the driveway.

I would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the relevant times or who has any information about these crimes. I would also like to remind people to remove all valuables from their cars when they park up for the night.”

– PC Mike Ahearne

Victims of car crime share their experiences

Victims of car crime speak about their experiences Credit: Meridian

Three people from Dorset who were victims of car crime are sharing their experiences to try and warn others to keep their vehicles secure.

A man from Poole had his car broken into after leaving the strap of his camera on display.

Another man left his car unlocked in a quiet road in Sherborne. Minutes after leaving the vehicle, he returned to find a thief had stolen his bag.

Meanwhile a house builder working in Wimborne left his wallet in his unlocked van. It was stolen from the door pocket, and he discovered the next day that more than £1000 had been spent on his cards.

Dorset Police has increased the resolution rate for theft from vehicles to 6.2% this year to date from 4.1% for the same period last year.


Police warning after Basingstoke car crime

28 insecure cars and vans were broken into over a weekend in Basingstoke.

Valuable items such as iPads, phones, wallets, handbags and sat navs which were left on display were stolen.

The thefts happened mainly overnight between Friday 6th September and the early hours of Monday 9th September.

Officers from Basingstoke Police Station are repeating their warning about the importance of always locking your car.

The repeated warning comes after a spate of vehicle crime in Chineham, Lychpit and Sherfield-on-Loddon areas of Basingstoke and Deane.

An 18-year-old and 19-year-old, both from Basingstoke, have been arrested in connection with these incidents and released on bail.

People are leaving cars unlocked with all sorts of valuables inside and on show. Unfortunately, it only takes seconds for someone to open a door and steal your valuables. And there are people who are extremely opportunistic and will even walk along a street trying door handles. You also may find that your insurance policy isn’t valid if you have left your vehicle insecure. The simple message is lock it or lose it.”

– Steve Wallace, Chief Inspector

Hot weather car crime warning

The message from police is 'don't hide it, remove it' Credit: Press Association

With the prediction of sunshine this weekend police in Hampshire are reminding drivers to make sure they leave their cars secure, after an increase last month in thefts from motor vehicles.

Crime prevention leaflets have been distributed and patrols have been increased in targeted areas. Officers have been knocking on the doors of residents who have left valuables such as laptops or mobile phones on view in their vehicles.