Derbyshire police issue urgent warning to drivers after rise in car thefts

Derbyshire police is urging drivers, particularly Ford owners, to be security conscious after a number of vehicle thefts across the county.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 1:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 1:12 pm

During the past four weeks a total of 28 vehicles have been stolen, 11 of those being Fords, with sports editions such as ST or RS models being targeted most frequently.

Thefts have taken place all across the county, including in Derby, South Derbyshire and Erewash, the Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales and in the High Peak, but we have noticed a slightly higher number in the North East Derbyshire area.

The most recent incident took place sometime overnight between Sunday 9 February and Monday 10 February. A red Ford Fiesta ST was stolen from The Wynd in Renishaw.

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Inquiries are underway and officers would like to hear from anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious, or with information about these thefts.

Police officers are also urging drivers to be more alert to security, and offering advice on how to protect their vehicles.

Drivers are advised to park in garages if they have them, use steering wheel locks, fitting trackers to cars and keeping car keys safe in the house.

Keeping keys in a faraday pouch can also help block any signals which can be used by thieves.

PC Scott Jeffreys, of Derbyshire roads crime unit, said: “We would encourage drivers to be vigilant with vehicle security and to report any suspicious activity to us. People should use additional deterrents such as steering wheel locks, trackers and immobilisers, and if possible park in a secure garage if they have one.

“To be clear, the only people responsible for these incidents are the thieves who took the vehicles and our officers are carrying out inquiries to find them, while taking part in regular operations to proactively prevent and target road crime throughout Derbyshire.”

Anybody who has seen anybody acting suspiciously around cars can contact police on 101 or using the Derbyshire Police social media channels.

Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Where a crime is in progress, you should always call 999.