Thieves target cars and garages

PUBLISHED: 15:19 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:28 12 February 2015

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THIEVES have carried out a number of overnight thefts in Portishead, prompting police to urge people to call them immediately if they spot anything suspicious in the town.

Since Tuesday, officers have received reports of five break-ins involving a garage and a number of vehicles.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Gavin O’Reilly is now asking residents to call his team if they are woken by an alarm, security lights, barking dogs or breaking glass.

On Tuesday night, thieves stole a backpack containing a Dell laptop and paperwork from a car in Curlew Place. The paperwork was later found in a nearby garden.

In the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday), thieves searched a car in Lundy Gate and another in Kingfisher Road, although nothing was reported missing from either. A garage in Kingfisher road was also broken into at around the same time and two bikes were stolen - a blue and white Trek 6300 and a green Trek 1.5.

Also, sometime between 9am-3pm yesterday, thieves stole cash and a sat nav from a car parked in Robin Place.

Sgt O’Reilly said: “If you’re woken by an alarm, security lights, barking dogs, breaking glass or other suspicious noises, call us straight away on 101.

“If you’ve looked out and spotted someone running away or behaving suspiciously, then call 999.

“While it’s not clear how the thieves got into the cars, as no damage was caused, it’s always important to make sure you have locked your car and set the alarm, even in a lower crime area like ours.”

Signing up to property databases including www.immobilise.com and www.BikeRegister.com can be a deterrent to thieves as it means the owners of stolen property can be traced. Police also advise that bikes and other valuables stored in outbuildings can be protected using security lighting, low cost alarms and by chaining them to a ground anchor.


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