Police warning over metal thefts
January 26, 2012
Police in Bracknell are warning people to keep a close eye on any metal items they may keep in their garages or cars as thefts continue to increase.
Inspector Jon Goosey of Bracknell Police told the Bracknell Forest Standard on Wednesday last week there had been seven incidents of metal theft around the borough in the previous two weeks.
These included a washing machine stolen from a garage, two incidents of alloy wheels being stolen from a car and even someone swiping the spare wheel from a 4x4 parked in Sandhurst.
Inspector Goosey said the theft of metal is growing nationally and Bracknell is no different.
He added there was such a wide range of things to steal people had to be extra careful in securing their garages and anywhere metal was kept.
He also said it was a good idea to mark any metal items so they could be identified if stolen.
Thames Valley Police is working with Selecta DNA, which makes spray and paint kits that can be used to mark valuables.
Thieves who come into contact with these valuables are then marked with the invisible substance, linking them to the crime scene, and if they are recovered the valuables’ owner can be easily identified.
It is virtually impossible to remove and has led to several convictions around the country.
Signs warning of the product’s use are placed around areas containing metal and police say the signs themselves are extremely affective.
Insp Goosey said: “We want people to be vigilant.
“One thing our intelligence suggests is that people often knock on doors asking if things are for sale.
“If you see any suspicious vehicles around your area take the details,
“One of the most common ones is stealing metal from the roofs of builders vans. They put all their metal on there while they unload and someone takes it.”
He added the force is working closely with local scrap metal dealers to try to identify people coming with stolen items.
Anyone with information can can police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.