'Lock it' reminder to drivers


THE States of Jersey Police are asking car owners to be vigilant and ensure their vehicles are locked with no valuables left on display following a small spate of thefts from cars reported to them today (Tuesday 16 November).

Seven break-ins to vehicles have been reported to the Police so far.

Cars were entered at Victoria Village, Rue de la Garenne, Rue de la Croserie and Rue du Moulin du Ponterrin in Trinity, and in La Hougue Avenue, St Helier, two vans were broken into.

Det Insp Mark Hafey of the crime services team said: ˜Initial enquiries would suggest that very little was taken from the vehicles, though some items have been reported as stolen. Whether something is stolen or not, it is distressing for car owners to find out that their vehicle has been rifled through.

˜Some of the vehicles were unlocked, and so we are asking people to check that car doors are always locked when they park, even if you park in a secure place. Don't give an opportunist thief a chance.'

It is believed that all of the alleged break-ins to the cars happened overnight, with owners reporting them to the Police this morning.

Insp Hafey added: ˜We would appeal to people who find their vehicle has been broken into to notify us, and not touch it, as this way we have better scope for forensic opportunities. Our scenes of crime officers are dealing with the vehicles today, and enquiries remain ongoing.'

Anyone who noticed anything suspicious overnight last night in any of the locations given above is asked to contact the Police on 612612 or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Media information:
Det Insp Hafey is contactable for media enquiries on 612612.


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