Since the turn of the year there has been a big increase in thefts from motor vehicles, particularly insecure vehicles. Offenders are walking along the street trying car door handles looking for easy opportunities to steal items. It's quite easy to press your fob and think you have locked your vehicle but please double check this as there are so many vehicles left insecure on roadsides and driveways which is making it easy for thieves to access vehicles without leaving any forensic evidence behind.
These offences are happening across the whole YARBOROUGH WARD but there is a particular hot-spot area of offending in the areas of MORTON ROAD, WENTWORTH ROAD, FAIRFAX ROAD and surrounding streets. We are patrolling these areas when possible and again we engage with residents at every opportunity to promote crime prevention and give reassurance.
There have been some incidents where the offenders have broken into the vehicle by smashing a window and stealing loose change from within. Please do not leave items on display and do not leave any change in your vehicle.
*GOOD NEWS* There has been a dramatic reduction in these offences in the hot-spot area of MORTON ROAD (and surrounding streets) which we believe is linked to the recall to prison of an individual who had links to the area. No reported offences have occurred in this area for over 3 weeks now. We are still conducting high visibility patrols in the area and engaging with residents at every opportunity.