A SPATE of wheel trim thefts took place in the local area last week in less than 24 hours.
Between 4pm on Wednesday 20 February and 9.30am on Thursday 21 February, all four wheel trims on a black Vauxhall Corsa, which was parked secure and unattended on a driveway to the side of house in Plantation Drive, South Cave, were stolen (crime reference CM/1959054/2013).
The offside wheel trims on a Renault Traffic van were stolen in South Cave between 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 February and 5pm the next day. The van was parked secure and unattended in Bridge Road, with the nearside to a wall. The vehicle’s alarm did not activate (CM/1959091/2013).
Between 11pm on Wednesday 20 February and 7am on Thursday 21 February, all four plastic wheel trims were removed from a black Vauxhall Astra, which had been parked secure at the front of the victim’s house in Bridge View, South Cave (CM/1958966/2013).
Between 8pm on Wednesday 20 February and 8am on Thursday 21 February, all four plastic wheel trims on a Green Skoda Fabia were taken on the village green in North Cliffe (CJ/1959013/2013).
Humberside Police’s Chief Inspector for Neighbourhood Policing, Steve Burns, said: “These offences appear to have happened in the hour of darkness
“The wheel trims thefts occurred within a specific area, so we believe the thefts were committed by the same suspects.
“I am therefore appealing for anyone who has information on these crimes to contact us. We are monitoring on-line auction sites as part of our enquiries so would also appeal for anyone who sees these types of items for sale from the Hull and East Riding area to also get in touch.”
Chief Insp. Burns says anyone concerned about possibly falling victim to this type of theft can take a few simple crime prevention measures.
He explained: “Good advice for people with removable wheel trims on their cars is to ensure that the trims are marked with your car’s registration details and a code that only you can identify. This will both make the items less simple to sell and easier for us to identify if they are recovered.
“Such marking should be made to the back of the trim in a marker pen or UV property marker.
“I would also urge anyone who has a garage to use it to park their car in overnight or if not possible to secure the trims with cable ties.”
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.