Jul 20 2011 By Hannah Bewley
DRIVERS are falling victim to a spate of thefts and vandalism from cars parked near Pinner Tube station.
Over the past three months, thefts from cars left by commuters have increased and police attribute this to valuables being left on display.
Thefts have been reported both during the day and night, but Sergeant Roni Doyle said she believed it was largely because of a lack of awareness by residents and visitors, who left satellite navigation systems, money and wallets in full view.
Sgt Doyle said: People were leaving valuables on display in their cars, which was a temptation for thieves. We are telling nearby residents to be alert and notify us of any suspicious behaviour.
We dont know who is responsible for these crimes, but we realise working with members of the public can help curb crime in that particular area.
A resident of Elm Park Road in Pinner, who did not want to be named, said the windscreen of her car had been smashed twice in 10 days.
She said: It was mindless vandalism. We saw them doing it the second time. They were young and wearing hoodies and scarves round their faces. They ran away too fast for us to identify them or catch them. There was nothing to steal in the car and it wasnt top of the range at all, they were just vandals.
Two days after the second incident, a neighbours car was also vandalised.
Officers posted 100 leaflets to homes last Thursday to raise awareness of the issue, and since then there has been no reported vehicle crime in that area.
From December 2010 to March 2011 there were 29 motor vehicle crimes in Pinner, but from April until the day the letters were sent out the figure rose to 43.
President of Pinner Association Martin Verden, of Moss Lane, said: We are very appreciative of anything the police do to try and stop things like this happening.
l Anyone with information about car crime should call Pinner police station on 020 8733 4819.