Vehicle interference

Alert message sent 02/11/2020 11:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Between 17/10/2020-18/10/2020 and 24/10/20-26/10/20 there was several reports of vehicle interference in Chellaston, focused around Fellowlands Way and surrounding streets. Two males were seen on residents doorbell or motion sensor CCTV to be trying car door handles, seemingly at random. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, none of the contents were taken. Throughout our extensive enquiries it was found that all of the vehicles had been left unlocked. It is definitely worth the extra few seconds each night to check that your vehicle has been secured.

We have also made enquiries regarding a separate group of four young males from out of Chellaston that were trying door handles and climbing gardens on one night, however this was not connected.

The males have been seen to be wearing dark clothing, one with a cap and what appears to be a quilted jacket, and one with a tracksuit and balaclava.

On one of the weekends a vehicle was left unlocked, it was stolen and taken out of Derbyshire, some time later 3 people were arrested in connection to this and the vehicle recovered for the owner- a good result.

Enquiries are ongoing and we are linking several incidents currently, we would like to emphasise to residents to ensure that their vehicle has been secured after exiting, and that no items; valuable or not, are left on show inside the vehicle. Initially it was suspected that they may be targeting keyless entry vehicles, any owners concerned regarding this can purchase an item called a Faraday pouch. This blocks the signal of your fob to your car and prevents a device being used to amplify the signal.

Patrols and targeted operations have and will be in place for the foreseeable. However if your CCTV or motion sensors does detect anything suspicious, mainly between 23:00-03:00 we would urge you to contact the Police at the earliest convenience so that we can attend the area promptly.

Many thanks
PCSO Coleman
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