Chichester car crime drops but police urge caution

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CHICHESTER POLICE has urged people to continue taking care not to fall victim to opportunistic thieves.

There was a spate of car break-ins at rural beauty spots in the Chichester district earlier this year, with police launching Operation Mini to try to address the problem.

Insp Will Rolls of Chichester Police said: “At present this type of offence has greatly reduced locally as a result of the operation.

“However we still do get occasional reports of vehicle crime across the district, usually the result of valuables being left on display in vehicles.

“We had one a couple of days ago from a car park where a sat-nav and other items were stolen from a car that had been left with its window open.

“So we would still like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should remove any valuables from their vehicle when they exit and take them with them, even if you are only away from your vehicle for a short time – and secure your vehicle too.

“If you see anything suspicious or have any concerns please contact police on 101.”

A spokesman from Sussex Police said two Havant men, aged 39 and 44, were arrested in May this year on suspicion of conspiracy to steal from vehicles and are currently on police bail until September.

“Police are examining reports of 25 such thefts in Chichester district in connection with those arrests,” he said.