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Advice to residents following vehicle interference in Welwyn Garden City

14 Apr 2021
  • Shortly after midnight on Monday (12 April), police received a report of man allegedly trying car door handles outside Beaumont House in Cole Green Lane.

  • Officers attended the scene and checked vehicles but thankfully no signs of entry were found.

  • Local residents are urged to check their vehicles and contact police if they think they have been targeted.

Officers are advising residents to remain vigilant after an incident of vehicle interference outside a block of flats in Welwyn Garden City.

Shortly after midnight on Monday (12 April), police received a report of man allegedly trying car door handles outside Beaumont House in Cole Green Lane and officers immediately attended the area.

PC Tristan Ives, who attended the scene, said: “We checked vehicles in the area and thankfully we didn’t find obvious signs of forced entry however I would urge local residents to check their motors and report back to us if you think you may have been targeted. You can get in touch by calling 101 or email PC Tristan Ives.

“I would like to advise local vehicle owners to remain vigilant and there are a number of steps you can take to help protect your vehicle. Firstly, never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove-box or boot - and keep all other possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your coat pocket or bag left on the back seat, a thief may try their luck.

“Remove your sat nav and its holder, and wipe away any suction marks as these could suggest to a potential thief that a sat nav is stored in your vehicle.

“Never leave vehicle documents in your car - don’t make it easy for a thief to sell your car or provide a cover story if stopped by the police.

“It’s a good idea to also use an approved steering lock or gear clamp, and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have them.

“If you spot suspicious activity in the area, please do not hesitate to call 999.”

  • A 27 year old man from Welwyn Garden City was arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference and going equipped to steal. He has been released with no further action.

You can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form (opens in a new window).

In an emergency, or if the crime is in progress, always call 999.

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