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Call to keep cars secure after a spate of thefts
11:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
DRIVERS need to take more care over the bank holiday after a spate of vehicles being broken into or vandalised in Oxford, police warned.
Between August 16 and 22 there were ten vehicle crimes around the city.
A wallet was taken from a vehicle in Barns Road between 11am and noon on Wednesday.
Wednesday night saw a sat nav stolen after a car was broken into in Old High Street and a wing mirror was stolen from a car in Warwick Street.
On Tuesday, tools were stolen from a vehicle in Garsington Road. Between last Saturday and Monday, power tools were taken from a vehicle in Percy Street and cash and an iPod were taken from a car parked in Campbell Road on Saturday night.
Number plates were stolen from cars in Brasenose Driftway, Marsh Road and Mill Lane last Friday, and a wheel was stolen in Fettiplace Road that night.
There has been a rise in thefts from vehicles of seven per cent in Oxford over the last year, from 727 in 2011/12 to 777 in 2012/13.
Det Insp Paul Miller said: “A number of the thefts are from insecure cars. We have also had a small number of very prolific offenders who have contributed to this rise.“
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