Car crime spike in Stonehouse prompts police warning
Police in Stonehouse are encouraging residents and visitors to 'think security' after cars and vans have been targeted for valuable items left in vehicles.
Throughout July officers noticed a spike in the number of thefts from vehicles in the area. This included the theft of a mobile phone from the passenger seat of a car, power tools taken from two vans, vans targeted for their catalytic converters and various other items taken including coats, CDs and fuel caps.
Police Sergeant Dan Wood said "Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team have responded quickly to a spike in crimes relating to theft from vehicles in the Stonehouse area. PCSO's and Police Officers have been working hard with partner agencies and local business to proactively address the issue which has led to an increase in high visibility Police patrols of the area and the delivery of crime prevention advice.
“Residents and visitors to our area are being encouraged to 'think security' and ensure vehicles are locked when left unattended, with no valuables in sight. We are working to identify offenders and will deal quickly and robustly with those suspected of committing crimes. If you would like more advice or to speak to your local officer, please visit the Gloucestershire Constabulary website for more information, or call 101 and ask to speak to an officer from the Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team."