Residents of Alexandra Avenue and Walton Avenue in South Harrow woke up to a string of vehicle-related thefts in the early hours of Wednesday, September 6.
Police have received reports of stolen number plates from several vehicles parked on these streets between 12:00am and 7:00am.
Among the victims, two white BMWs and a white Audi on Alexandra Avenue were targeted, with their number plates disappearing overnight.
Additionally, there was a separate report of number plates being stolen from a white BMW on Walton Avenue during the same evening.
Police are urging residents to take preventive measures to protect their vehicles from theft. They recommend the following safety tips:
1. Ensure Proper Locking: Always double-check that your vehicle is securely locked when you walk away from it, and don’t underestimate the value of removing items like stereos, mobile phones, or even loose change, which can attract thieves.
2. Use Alarms and Immobilisers: Activate your car’s alarm and immobilizer every time you exit the vehicle, even if you plan to return shortly.
3. Parking Safety: If you have a garage, utilize it for secure overnight parking, ensuring all doors are locked. When parking on the road, choose well-lit, open areas.
4. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): Consider etching your vehicle’s identification number onto surfaces like windows, windshields, and headlamps. This can deter thieves and aid in recovery.
5. Mark Your Equipment: Mark your belongings, such as your car stereo, with your vehicle’s registration number. This helps identify stolen items and aids in investigations.
6. Steering Wheel Lock: Use a steering wheel lock each time you leave your car, as it adds an extra layer of security.
7. Secure Your Wheels and Number Plates: Invest in anti-theft wheel locks and number plate screws to prevent unauthorised removal.
8. Keyless Cars: If you own a keyless car, be vigilant and ensure it has locked properly. Don’t assume it’s secure; double-check and verify before walking away.
Police in South Harrow are investigating these incidents and encourage anyone with information to come forward.
For more information on vehicle theft prevention, residents can visit the Met Police website.