Multiple thefts of steering wheels – Kent Police letter

CCTV issued following multiple thefts of steering wheels

Police have issued CCTV footage as they look to identify two men in connection with the theft of steering wheels from vehicles in areas including Longfield, Sevenoaks and Maidstone.

Click here to see CCTV footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqgu7k9UuF8&feature=youtu.be

Since November 2017 a number of offences have been reported, whereby car owners have also discovered components including dashboard computers removed.

Detectives are linking thefts from vehicles including BMW, Mercedes and Audi, with incidents also reported in other parts of the county. They are now keen to locate two men captured on camera during an incident in Walderslade, Chatham. The suspects were filmed during an alleged theft from a BMW in Tunbury Avenue, on 23 November 2017. A steering wheel, on board computer and other valuables were reported stolen.

If you recognise these men or have any information which may assist the investigation please call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/34997/17.  Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Detective Constable Tony Hatcher said: ‘We are urging motorists to remain vigilant and to carry out some simple steps which may reduce their chances of being a victim of crime. These include using a steering lock or ensuring that if you have a garage that the vehicle is locked inside.

‘Thieves are sometimes also able to fool security systems for keyless vehicles. To prevent this we would recommend owners check if their keyless entry fobs can be turned off overnight and to also store them away from any household entry points. Drivers can also store their fobs in special bags, which can be bought from retailers to prevent any unwanted communication between the vehicle and its keys. If you are unsure contact your vehicle manufacturer or local dealer for advice.’  

Further advice:

  • Remove all valuable items overnight.
  • Consider investing in CCTV and sensors which alert you when someone walks near your vehicle or enters the driveway.
  • Have valuables security marked so it makes them harder to sell on if they are stolen.

 

ENDS

Chief Inspector Tony DYER
Sevenoaks District Commander
Kent Police