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Police investigate spike in thefts from motor vehicles

Police are investigating 16 cases of theft from motor vehicles that took place in Langtoft, Market Deeping and Bourne between December 30 and January 8.

Community Policing Inspector for Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings, Inspector Ian Martin, said the most recent had taken place on Great Leighs in Bourne.

“The offences are being investigated with all lines of enquiry being examined,” he said.

“Local residents may have seen an increase in patrols that have been put in place, with officers targeting the local area to try to prevent further offences, or catch those responsible.”

Inspector Martin said that in all the cases thieves had entered unlocked vehicles and items such as wallets, sunglasses loose change and Sat Navs had been stolen.

“We believe this is a small number of people who know the area that are committing these offences and we are following up.”

He said while it was a “huge spike in crime” from what police usually have to deal with in the area, residents should not be alarmed.

“These are opportunistic crimes and we would encourage car owners to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from sight.

“If I can offer any reassurance, these offences are rare to happen in this number, and are thought to be part of a local group of people acting at random rather than targeting individuals.

"If you have seen anything suspicious or wish to report information to the police please ring 101.”

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