Police issue a warning to motorists after a spate of thefts from cars in Tring

Sgt Peter Huffer, who oversees teams looking after Berkhamsted and Tring
Sgt Peter Huffer, who oversees teams looking after Berkhamsted and Tring

A car theft crimewave in Tring has forced police to warn motorists to be extra vigilant in locking their cars at night.

In the last three weeks, several items – including money, sat navs and a wi-fi hub – have been stolen from cars in the town, and the crooks appear to be most active after midnight.

Police are now urging drivers to double check their car security as in some cases the thieves have been able to get in by simply opening the car door after absent-minded motorists failed to lock their vehicle.

Sgt Peter Huffer, who heads the Tring police team, said: “We have had in excess of eight crimes over the last three weeks. An investigation is ongoing, but we’d like to remind residents to secure and lock their cars and remove all items of value on display.

“If possible, open and empty the glove box to show the thief there is nothing worth taking. If you do hear anything suspicious, call 999 to report it.”

Det Insp Justine Jenkins from the local crime unit in Dacorum, said: “This type of crime and amount of crime is very unusual in Tring, which is why we’re doing all we can to prevent it by increasing our patrols in the area, conducting thorough investigations to identify suspects and asking the public to help us by reporting suspicious activity.”

If you have any information to aid the police investigation, call the local crime unit on 101.

However, if you believe a crime is in progress, you should always call 999.