Theft warning after spate of Dacorum crimes and two arrests

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POLICE have arrested two people after a spate of vehicle thefts in Dacorum.

Among the items stolen were catalytic converters, a mobile phone, fuel and a wheel.

Police arrested a 39-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead this morning (Friday) and a man aged 29 yesterday evening – both on suspicion of theft.

They are in police custody now and being questioned by police about this week’s Dacorum vehicle crimes.

Det Insp Justine Jenkins said: “Whilst we have made arrests and our investigations are on-going, I’d like to ask people to be vigilant to this type of crime.

“If you believe someone or a vehicle is out of place or acting suspiciously, you should contact police immediately via 999 so we can take action.

“This is also a reminder to all of us to ensure that belongings of value are removed from your vehicle overnight where possible.”

If you can aid the police investigation, phone them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police have issued the following advice to stop car crime: • It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows and sun roof whenever you leave your vehicle unattended. • Remove your Sat Nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a Sat Nav is stored in your vehicle. • Never leave any valuables in your vehicle – not even in the glove-box or boot - and keep ALL other possessions out of sight. • Use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them. • Register your stereo, laptop, Sat Nav and any other property on the free online property database www.immobilise.com. It only takes a few minutes and could help police trace your property if it’s lost or stolen. • Look out for car parks with a Park Mark Safer Parking sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, make sure you use it and lock it properly.