Auto crime – West Oxfordshire

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Auto crime – West Oxfordshire

Police are appealing for information following three auto crime incidents in West Oxfordshire overnight (27/02).

Between 7.30pm – 9.30pm a 54 plate blue and silver pickup was stolen from Albion Street, Chipping Norton. The vehicle has distinctive black Celtic patterns on the front and rear wings.

PC Matt Gorman, investigating the incident, said: "There was shattered glass at the scene so it is possible there is a broken window on the vehicle. There were also skid marks at the location so it is likely this vehicle left at high speed."

Two cars were broken into near to the beauty spot of Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton between midday and 1.30pm. The passenger windows were smashed on each vehicle to remove property inside.

PC Gorman continued: "CDs, handbags and mobile phones are all tempting items and if you take them from your vehicle before you leave it you minimise the likelihood of your property becoming the target of opportunist thieves."

Motorists should remember to take the following simple steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim:

* Remove all items of value from your vehicle when you park
* Lock doors and close windows
* Park in a safe place, which should be well-lit, preferably with CCTV
* Keep your keys safe at home

Anyone with information can contact PC Gorman at Witney police station via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don't want to speak to police and don't want to leave your name, contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. To find out the opening times and location of your local station please call 0845 8 505 505

Posted : 01/03/2007 00:49:40

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