Teens arrested after spate of vehicle crimesBy Amy Taylor
February 08, 2013
FIVE teenagers have been arrested during a clampdown on thefts from unlocked cars and vans in Aldershot.
After police questioning, the three 18-year-olds and a 16-year-old have been released on bail until February 20 following a push by officers to stop vehicle crime.
A fifth boy, 17, has been released with no further action.
Police are still warning people to keep their vehicles secure, after a spate of thefts since the beginning of the year in different parts of the town, including on military land.
Safer Neighbourhoods Team Sergeant Graeme Hughes said: "It seems some people are leaving their vehicles unlocked to avoid them being damaged by criminals attempting to break in. This is certainly not advisable.
"Please make sure your vehicle is left secure at all times. The simple message is lock it or lose it.
"I would also urge people not to leave valuables in their vehicles. All too often sat navs, handbags and laptops are left on show and opportunist thieves then strike."
Officers have been conducting operations to find vehicles left unlocked or with valuables on show, and have sent letters to the registered owners advising them to take better precautions to avoid becoming a victim of vehicle crime.
Extra patrols are taking place and these will continue, police have said, while officers will also be conducting cycle patrols in areas across the town.
Anyone who sees suspicious behaviour or someone looking into vehicles is asked to call Aldershot Police Station on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.