where no damage has been recorded to the vehicles
Over the last few months, Wandsworth Common Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working hard around their theft from motor vehicle priority.
During the months of March and April, Ward officers carried out research and discovered that a large number of parked vehicles were inadvertently being left unlocked.
On 6th July using Wandsworth Council CCTV and utilising plain clothes officers on unmarked bikes, Wandsworth Common SNT ran a pro active operation.
This resulted in a male being arrested after he was seen trying a number of car door handles in the hope of discovering unlocked vehicles.
The operation was repeated on the 7th July where another male was arrested for exactly the same offence on an adjacent road.
The Operation confirmed suspicions of how entry was being gained to vehicles.
Sergeant Jerry Ostrowski of Wandsworth Common SNT said:
"Listening to residents concerns prompted us to carry out our own research. This resulted in an excellent pro active operation where 2 males were arrested and a large amount of intelligence gathered. These males were blatantly caught trying car door handles and looking into vehicles in the hope of finding unopened ones that they could steal from. We can now move on to the next stage of this problem solving process which will be highlighting the importance of vehicle security to residents."
July 9, 2010