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‘Outrage’ in Bulwell over rise in car thefts as Nottinghamshire Police step up patrols

Police have issued important safety advice to drivers after a spate of car thefts across the city.

Officers said there had been a “marked increase” in thefts of cars in Sherwood, Bestwood and Bulwell.

Detectives from Nottinghamshire Police said offenders were targeting vehicles which may be insecure or unlocked.

There have been reports of car break- ins, thefts from vehicles and thefts of motor vehicles across the city areas.

The force has urged people to get alarms fitted in their cars and park securely where possible.

Police patrols have also been stepped up.

Shoppers in Bulwell town centre have been speaking about the concerning trend – and one woman said she’d been left outraged.

Bulwell resident Monica Henry, 39, who works in customer services, said: “I didn’t realise there was an increase in it; I’m certainly shocked that there’s an increase in it.

“I guess with Covid I don’t know whether people have got time on their hands or whatever.

“But it’s outrageous. I think that the culprit should be prosecuted if found.”

She added: “People have worked hard to purchase their vehicles, no-one has the right to vandalise or take them away from them.

“If you catch them, lock them up, that’s what I say.”

Retired David Cope, 75, was reassured by the measures being taken by Nottinghamshire Police.

“Patrolling is a good idea,” he said.

“You don’t see any policemen on the street anymore – it does put people off.

“If these criminals know that they will get away with it they’ll do it.”

But Mr Cope, who himself lives in Bilborough, said he wasn’t surprised by the vehicle crime spate.

Rugile Vaitiute, 37, who lives in Bulwell and works at the University of Nottingham, added: “I am aware of this – and this isn’t the greatest area. Nobody wants that to happen to them.”

Drivers have also been reminded not to leave any valuables inside their vehicles.

Inspector Karl Thomas, neighbourhood policing inspector for city south, said: “Recently we have seen an increase in reports across the city relating to car crime and, as such, we very quickly began looking at the trends and how to prevent this.

“We believe offenders particularly look for signs that a vehicle might be either insecure or unlocked and target those that may be easier for them to get into.

“As such, we are urging motorists to take steps to ensure their vehicles are as secure as possible.

“We would advise people to get alarms fitted into their cars, find a secure place to park if possible and, particularly with a lot of modern cars, understand security features and how they can be compromised, one example being keyless entry.

“The impact of car crime on victims can be tough and varied.

“They can often be left without very valuable belongings and if their car itself is stolen, they are left out of pocket and without an important mode of transport.

“They can sometimes also be faced with expensive damage caused by offenders – this is unacceptable and we as the local policing team are dedicated to understanding this further and working to both prevent this and get justice for victims.

“I would urge anyone with information on car crime in their area or anyone with concerns to get in touch with their local neighbourhood policing team and speak to officers in their area or call police on 101.”

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