RESIDENTS in Hockley Heath worried about oppportunist thieves have been advised to step up security.
Locals in the leafy village have been concerned about recent attempts to steal from unlocked cars but police have reassured householders that the would be thieves are simply taking advantage of slack security.
Meriden sector Sergeant Jenny Williams said: “We’re aware of recent incidents where property has been taken from motor vehicles overnight in Hockley Heath; it appears the offenders are real opportunists who simply try door handles in the hope of stumbling across insecure vehicles.
“Good descriptions have been obtained from witnesses, plus CCTV footage, and investigations are on-going.”
The police are deploying numerous tactics to catch the offenders. Patrols have been stepped up and extra officers have been drafted in from across Solihull at key times.
“The offenders are not breaking into vehicles,” said Sgt Williams. “We’ve seen no increase in the number of cars being damaged or forcibly entered. They are simply hoping to benefit from slack vehicle security.
We cannot stress enough the importance of locking vehicles overnight and removing all valuable items. This is largely a self-policing issue and some basic car security is enough to deter these kinds of opportunists.
“We ask residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour on 0345 113 5000. Anyone who sees a crime taking place should call 999 immediately.”