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Vehicles damaged – Witney

Police are appealing for witnesses after nine cars were damaged in Witney over-night on 23/4 – 24/4.

Five cars parked on Oxford Hill were targeted. The details are as follows:

* A burgundy Vauxhall Corsa had its windows smashed and an attempt was made to hotwire the car.
* A blue Toyota Roadstar had its passenger window smashed.
* The lock was popped on a green Austin Metro and an attempt was made to remove the steering wheel lock.
* Two windows of a silver Vauxhall Astra were smashed.
* A black Seat Leon had a window smashed and a wallet was stolen from inside.

In the same night two cars were damaged in Wadards Meadow. A white Vauxhall Nova and a gold Vauxhall Vectra had windows smashed and attempts were made to start both cars.

A red Vauxhall Astra had a window smashed and an attempt to hotwire the car was made on Eton Close and in Blake Avenue a silver Vauxhall Vectra has windows broken and the steering wheel stolen.

PC Adrian Brooksbank, investigating the incidents, said: “These incidents happened within a short distance of each other and are clearly linked. It seems the offenders made some attempt to start some of these cars but were unsuccessful.

“I would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area last night or early this morning to contact me. I would also like to take this opportunity to give the following crime reduction advice.”

* Make sure you don't leave any items on display. Always take your personal items with you when you leave your car. If you can't take your personal items with you, lock them in the boot. Don't leave personal items in your glove box.
* Never leave the following items anywhere in your car: removable radio fronts, Sat Navs and its mounting cable, mobile phones, golf clubs, iPods, handbags, laptop computers and briefcases, cheque, credit and debit cards, items of clothing, driving documents and personal correspondence.
* When you leave your car, leave your glove box open to show that there's nothing in there.
* Keep your car keys safe. Do not leave them inside your car or in the ignition. This prevents your vehicle from being stolen.
* Always make sure that your car is locked - this includes all doors and windows, and the sun roof. This applies when your car is parked on your driveway, in your garage, or if you leave your car for just a few seconds.
* Store your car in your garage if you can- it is safer there. Remember to lock the garage and the car. If you don't have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, open place.
* If you park on the street, put your car aerial down and fold in the wing mirrors. This reduces the chances of criminal damage to your car.
* When using a car park, park in one that is well-supervised - one with entry and exit points, good lighting and security. Avoid parking in dark spots.

Visit www.saferparking.com to find police-approved car parks near to you. Look out for the ParkMark brand which shows which car parks are part of the police-approved Safer Parking scheme

Posted : 25/04/2009 22:14:05

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