20% jump in
car break-ins prompts warning from Burnham Police
police have this week warned residents not to leave valuables
on display in parked vehicles following a big rise in car break-ins.
New figures show the number of such incidents in the Somerset
West police area - which covers Burnham, Highbridge, Brent Knoll
and Brean - has risen by approximately 20% this year.
Local police are therefore appealing to the public to do more
to prevent the thefts occurring.
Superintendent Trevor Margenout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
am sad to say that we have seen an increase this year of approximately
20% of theft from cars, which means an extra 92 victims of crime."
"I urge the public to help us bring these crime levels back
down by making sure they don't leave things on display in the
"It isn't just sat navs, phones or other electronic items
that need to be out of sight that old coat on the back
seat may be worthless, but a thief won't know if you've left money
or cards in the pocket or not. Don't create temptation."
continued: "Having your car broken in to is not just an inconvenience,
once you have gone through the disruption of having your car repaired
and the insurance process, most of the time it leaves you out
of pocket as the excess is normally more than the value of the
"I would also like to remind people not to help create a
market in which thieves can operate. Buying a cheap sat nav' for
£20 from someone in the pub usually means it's either broken
or stolen. Either way you don't want it."
"If you buy stolen property not only are you creating a
market or a reason for thieves to steal and fuelling car crime
but you are also breaking the law and could be arrested for handling
Across the district, local officers have increased both high-visibility
and plain clothes patrols to target car thieves. Police are also
deploying their covert capture cars to catch thieves red-handed.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
here in July how an increase in car break-ins was concerning
If you should see someone acting suspiciously, he report this
to the police using the 999 number or to Crimestoppers on 0800