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Seven arrests made in connection with vehicle burglaries – Oxford

News   •   May 13, 2019 14:52 BST

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, seven men have been arrested in connection with a series of vehicle thefts in Oxford.

A 19-year-old man from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and released under investigation.

A 19-year-old man from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft, and has been bailed until 29 May.

A 30-year-old man from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and has been released under investigation.

A 17-year-old boy from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and has been bailed until 29 May.

A 17-year-old boy from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and has been bailed until 29 May.

A 21-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of burglary dwelling and theft and released under investigation.

A 25-year-old man of no fixed abode has been arrested on suspicion of burglary dwelling and theft and released under investigation.

The arrests are in connection with a series of vehicle thefts in and around Oxford.

The incidents took place between 19 April and 3 May. There were seven separate burglaries in which seven vehicles were stolen.

In some instances, long sticks have been used through letterboxes to hook car keys within properties in Oxford.

Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Richard Allmond, of Oxford station, said: “We hope that these arrests can provide some form of reassurance to the public in that we always proactively investigate incidents such as this and will work hard to make arrests.

“I would still like to encourage anyone with any information regarding incidents such as this to contact police by calling 101 and quoting occurrence number 43190128796.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to be vigilant.

“Below are some quick steps that you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.

  • Hide your car keys away from windows and doors and out of sight.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area — either on your driveway, or on the roads under a street lamp.
  • Lock all windows and doors of your car and make sure to activate your car alarm if you have one.
  • Consider fitting a letterbox defender. This prevents burglars from poking tools through the letterbox to open latches from the inside, or reaching nearby car and house keys. A lockable letterbox on the outside of the property is also an option.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are locked, if you have a chain on the inside of your door, use it.
  • If you have an electronic car key, keep it in a security pouch to prevent it being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car nearby.
  • Consider using or installing tracking devices on vehicles.

“Thames Valley Police has produced a guide that contains a range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home. There is also advice on how to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security and a handy checklist when going away. To download your copy, visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk and search ‘Home Security Guide’.

“If you see anything suspicious or find evidence of an attempt to steal your car, call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number or report online. If a crime is in progress, call 999.”

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