Police chief vows to act after spike in vehicle crime in Uttlesford

PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:49 09 August 2018

Uttlesford District Commander Craig Carrington

Uttlesford District Commander Craig Carrington

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The chief of police in Uttlesford has said he is ‘personally disappointed’ to see the recent spike in thefts from and of vehicles in the district and confirmed he would be putting additional patrols in place.

In the last two weeks, there have been reports of seven vehicles stolen in Uttlesford and 18 reported thefts from vehicles.

Five of the thefts from motor vehicles occurred during the same night - in Birchanger and Stansted - on July 26.

Chief Inspector Craig Carrington said: “I’m aware of concerns from residents about a rise recently about thefts from and of vehicles in some parts of Uttlesford and we are carrying out work to find those responsible.

“It is personally disappointing to see an increase in these offences. I remain committed to identifying those responsible for these offences. A review of these incidents is currently taking place to identify if there are any links between them and if there are any additional lines of enquiry.

“We are also scoping the areas in which the incidents have taken place to see if there are any further CCTV opportunities to help the investigation.

“I will also be putting additional patrols in place in the areas affected.”

Councillor Paul Fairhurst, a district councillor, said the recent increase in cars being broken into and stolen across Uttlesford adds to the reason why the district has decided to fund its own PCSO positions.

“Overall we are a low crime area in comparison to cities, but the increase in crime is very troubling and that’s the reason why we are bringing in our own PCSO.”

Cllr Fairhurst added: “It doesn’t mean that the PCSO will stop this crime wave overnight but it’s a step in the right direction. We are trying to do the best we can to stem this problem.

“Residents have been up in arms for the last two years about this. It’s no surprise there is a crime wave.”

A spokesman for Saffron Walden Town Council, who recently agreed to part-fund the PCSO position for Saffron Walden, said: “The town council recognises the importance of the local presence, being the eyes and ears across the town to deal with low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

“This is a really exciting and challenging opportunity to work collectively with partners in offering a new, dedicated service to Saffron Walden.”

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