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Police urge precaution after car thieves target Edgware

Local police in the Edgware and Stanmore areas are investigating a series of car-related crimes that occurred over the past week.

Local PCSO Claire Orr reported the incidents on the OWL website, urging residents to take preventive measures to avoid becoming victims of car theft.

According to the report, there were three incidents of car crime in the area, including two motor vehicle thefts and one theft from a motor vehicle. The first theft of a black Mercedes occurred on Ennerdale Avenue in Stanmore in the early hours of Monday, March 13th. The second incident involved the theft of a white BMW X6 on Taunton Way, which was later recovered safely by the vehicle’s owner.

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Taunton Way, Stanmore. Credit: Streetview

In addition to the thefts, there was also a report of a theft from a motor vehicle on Aldridge Avenue in Edgware. To prevent similar incidents, PCSO Orr shared some advice on crime prevention. She encouraged residents to protect their keys, as thieves are increasingly using equipment to pick up signals from smart keys, even if they are kept inside homes. She also advised keeping smart keys in a security pouch when not in use, either at home or when out and about.

Other preventive measures suggested included using steering wheel or gear stick locks to deter thieves, double-checking that car doors and windows are locked, and fitting tracking devices to vehicles. Finally, PCSO Orr reminded residents to avoid leaving any valuables on show in their cars.

Police have encouraged anyone with information about the crimes to come forward and assist with their investigations. They have also reiterated the importance of taking preventive measures to avoid car-related crimes in the area.