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High-end cars ‘at risk’

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:30:05

Alvechurch is suffering from a “spike” in thefts of cars, with luxury models being the prime target.

PC Simon Albutt, Safer Neighbour­hood Officer for Wythall and Alvechurch, told parish councillors there had been 19 car thefts over the past year, more than double the previous year’s nine.

“The reason for that is that Wythall is having a big spike and a little bit of that has trickled into Alvechurch, which is a large, large area,” PC Albutt said.

He added: “The cars are high end; Audis and top-of-the-range BMWs are going like hot cakes.”

Thefts from vehicles had, however, fallen from 32 in 2016 to 20 over the past year.

Total burglaries in Alvechurch were 30, compared with 33 the previous year, and there were eight reports of anti-social behaviour – a large proportion of which were down to “one individual”, said PC Albutt.

He also told councillors that despite “fourth-hand” social media reports of a dangerous fight at the Alvechurch Mop fair, a police officer had seen no knives. “No one was stabbed and there was one minor scuffle,” he added.

On the future of Neighbourhood Watch, PC Albutt said: “As far as I am concerned I want to see it get bigger.” He was in talks with local organisers to “bring it all together and put it under one umbrella”.

Parish chairman Andy Humphries said he was interested to hear how these talks progressed as it may have a bearing on the future of the parish Community Safety Forum, which was also under discussion.

* Crime had gone up slightly in Barnt Green, PCSO Chelsea Lloyd told the parish council meeting. Between September 17 and October 17, eight crimes had been recorded, compared with four in the same period last year.

Of the eight, there was one house burglary, two shed or garage break-ins, two domestic assaults, two thefts from vehicles – and one robbery at Tony’s Handyman in Hewell Road, in which a staff member was pushed by the thief. The police have a lead on the vehicle used in this offence.

PCSO Lloyd encouraged residents not to leave vehicles unlocked and not to leave valuables on board, and to report any suspicious behaviour.

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