Thieves target high value vehicles

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POLICE are warning the owners of high value cars to keep their properties secure and their car keys out of reach from doors and windows following a spate of burglaries in Crawley and Mid Sussex.

Most recently, thieves have stolen a BMW from an address in Balcombe and an Audi A3 in Copthorne. Both burglaries happened overnight on Monday (9 April) and are being linked to four other crimes which have happened in recent weeks in Crawley.

A police spokesperson said: “It would appear that the offenders are targeting properties where high value vehicles are parked outside and where the car keys are easily accessible.

“Although the crimes have all happened overnight whilst the owners are asleep, there is no suggestion that the offenders are interested in anything other than the cars. We do not want people to be unduly alarmed, simply remind them to make sure all windows and doors are locked at night and to ensure car keys are kept well hidden and out of sight.”

The four offences in Crawley happened overnight on 26 March when an Audi A4 was stolen from an address in Ifield; overnight on 3 April when an Audi A1 and a Golf were stolen from separate addresses in Three Bridges; and overnight on 4 April when a Mercedes was taken from a home in Furnace Green.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101, or alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.