The following warnings from Avon and Somerset Police were submitted by David Duckworth, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator :
Submitted : 13.03.13
This message is sent as a general warning regarding an increase in vehicle crime in the Burnham and Cheddar areas.Over a dozen incidents have occurred in February, some in Burnham on Sea town and others in Cheddar/Shipham.
The most recent incidents incidents largely occurred overnight of 26-27 February at Sycamore Close, Shipham, Barrows Way and Masons Way in Cheddar and Knoll View and Oxford Street in Burnham. Two vehicles were left insecure.In each incident items have been left in the vehicles and were stolen by the culprit(s). Items stolen include satellite navigation accessories, MP3 player, personal documents, bank cards and tools including drills, a disc cutter and generator.
Please reiterate with members the need to ensure that vehicles are not only kept secure when not in use, but also all items are removed wherever possible.
The office has a number of free cards that indicate nothing has been left in the vehicle - please contact Lindsey in the office for copies.
Keys to vehicles should be kept secure when not in use - please do not leave them close to exterior windows or doors in case this tempts someone to break into the house to obtain the keys.
Please note that there have been some instances of fuel being siphoned from vehicles, often from commercial ones, and police also advise owners of such vehicles review their security.
If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website