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Thames Valley Police Alert

July 31st, 2012

The Thames Valley force’s Banbury Rural Neighbourhood Police Team has issued an alert detailing vehicle crime in the last couple of days in our neighbouring village of Adderbury. Last night (Monday, July 30), there was an attempted burglary and a “vamoose burglary” * in Deene Close, Adderbury. If any King’s Sutton resident was in the area last night into the early hours and heard or saw anything suspicious, please call 101, select “Thames Valley Police” and ask for PC 4683 Blewitt, local CID. 

In a separate incident, a Sat Nav was stolen from an insecure vehicle in Walton Avenue, Adderbury overnight on Sunday/Monday night. You are reminded to secure your vehicles at all times and remove valuables. 

* A “vamoose burglary” is a name used by Thames Valley Police for a burglary that takes place specifically to steal the keys of a high-value or new vehicle. These incidents often occur when car keys are left next to an open building door or window. In some extreme cases, thieves have put a long stick or fishing rod through letterboxes to hook the car keys and make off with the vehicle. 

Please consider the crime prevention advice below to make sure that you’re not a victim of this type of crime: 

  • Park your car in a well-lit area – either on your driveway or on the road immediately outside your residence 
  • Make sure that your vehicle is properly dead-locked and the alarm fully activated 
  • Lock all windows and doors of your car 
  • Hide your car keys away from any windows and doors or take them up to bed with you – do not leave them in full view of any windows or doors 
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