MOTORISTS in Rubery and Rednal are being warned to be on their guard after five car crime vehicles in the areas in the space of a matter of hours.
Five police officers and a dog handler were sent to The Avenue in Rednal at 12.42am on Thursday (July 30) after reports of three white men in their 20s trying the handles of cars and houses. The West Mercia Police Force Helicopter was also sent up to join the search.
At around the same time, between 12.15am and 5.30am on Thursday, a wallet was stolen from the central console of a black Renault Megane while it was parked on Waseley Road in Rubery.
Then between 7pm on Wednesday (July 29) and 8.30am on Thursday, a belt and keys were taken after thieves gained access to a white Nissan Qashqai which was parked in Hillview Road, Rubery.
A green Ford Mondeo in Clent Road, Rednal, also had a sat nav and two CDs taken from it at some point between 5.30pm on Wednesday and 11am on Thursday.
And, between 9pm on Wednesday and 7am on Thursday, thieves also targeted a silver Peugeot 206 in Rednal Hill Lane, Rednal, with the raiders escaping with keys and cash.
And, in Links Drive, Rednal, between 5.30pm on Wednesday and 9am on Thursday, access was gained to a silver Renault Cleo.
On that occasion nothing was stolen.
PC Tim Burling from Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Team said “These vehicle offences are clearly linked and our initial enquiries suggest that the vehicles were left unlocked.
“We are stepping up patrols in the area to compact this increase in vehicles offences. This is a timely reminder to ensure that your vehicles are secured at night to prevent further crimes occurring.”
Any witnesses to any of the incidents or anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting the number 0008S 300715 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.