Blitz on Acton Vehicle Crime

Seven cars broken into in around Bromyard Avenue

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Ealing motorists are being given the following advice:
- never leave anything in a parked vehicle
- don’t leave sat nav cradles on display and rub off any suction marks on the windscreen
- try to park in car parks with an attendant
- park in a prominent place where lots of people are coming and going, rather than tucked away in a corner
- try not to park next to a high-sided vehicle because thieves can use them as a shield while they break in
- park in well lit areas and if possible park under CCTV cameras
- if you are lucky enough to have a garage, make sure you use it

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Police community support officers (PCSOs) have been drafted in to help tackle a spate of vehicle crime in Acton.

A police investigation is already underway after PCSOs spotted a group of young men calling into shops in The Vale, Acton, trying to sell satellite navigation systems.

Patrols were stepped up in the area last week after seven cars were broken into in the area around Bromyard Avenue.

Councillor Vlod Barchuck, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: “When there is a spate of incidents the PCSO teams can make a huge difference in helping to look out for people acting suspiciously and providing police with information.

“Our officers will also be out and about reminding people not to leave anything in their vehicles. Even empty bags or old coats can tempt a car criminal because they might think it’s hiding something valuable.”

Partnership Chief Inspector, Des Rock, said: “This is another example of the local authority funded PCSO's reducing crime and clearly demonstrates partnership working between the local authority and Ealing Police to reduce crime and anti social behaviour in Ealing.”

One man and four youths were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and released on police bail pending further enquiries.


June 26, 2009