MOTORISTS have been hit by a spate of crime in Rayleigh.

There were 29 vehicle crimes committed in in June, July and August.

Sgt Steve Joynes, of Rochford police, said: “I want to make sure that car owners are taking simple steps to keep their property safe. I am urging people to use their garages. If you have a garage please put your car inside it. This will decrease the chance of you vehicle being stolen.

“Also take all of your valuables out of your car every time you park. Do not leave laptops, mobile phones and sat navs in your car. Thieves also steal less obvious items such as coats, sports wear, paperwork and sunglasses so it is important to remove all the items that are important to you.

“And finally make sure you always lock your vehicle and park it in a well lit area.”

Officers have increased patrols in the area to deter thieves and officers are also working closely neighbourhood watch co-ordinators in the area to make sure that the community can work together to reduce car crime. However, car crime has actually reduced on last year when there were 50 incidents reported in June, July, and August.

Sgt Joynes said: “We having been linking in with neighbourhood watch on this and their assistance is invaluable. The more everyone can do to protect their property and their neighbour’s property the better.”

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles please call police on 0300 333 4444.

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