A theft a day from vehicles in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 06:24 20 October 2011




FIFTEEN cases of theft from cars have been reported in Potters Bar since the beginning of this month.

Stats released by Hertfordshire Constabulary under its Operation Tarantula initiative show there was 2.5 reported vehicle break-ins EVERY DAY across the entire borough.

Cases include a stolen camera from a Toyota 4x4 parked in Park View and a stolen purse from a Vauxhall Corsa in Cherry Trees Lane.

Operation Tarantula was introduced by police to target opportunist thieves and warn drivers of the risk of leaving valuable possessions such as sat-navs and wallets on show in their motors.

Potters Bar accounted for half of the reported 30 offences across Hertsmere between October 1 and October 12.

Hertsmere chief inspector Sue Jameson said: “The frustrating thing from our point of view is that these crimes could be avoided if only motorists took a few seconds to secure their personal property, and I’m sure there are many more victims who don’t report thefts to us.

“The majority of thefts from motor vehicles are opportunist and thieves will look for any property tempting them on display.

“Many motorists are still leaving their vehicles unsecure – making it an open invitation for thieves.”

She added: “Save yourself the hassle and inconvenience of replacing your lost property and follow our simple crime prevention advice.”

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