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Police in Ealing have been carrying out a number of operations in a bid to crackdown on car crime.

Over the last 12 months, Ealing Police Motor Vehicle Crime Unit, has been deploying various models and makes of decoy vehicles in strategic areas of the borough affected by motor vehicle crime.

Equipped with CCTV cameras able to capture the image of the offender committing the crime, these cars play an invaluable role in securing successful prosecutions and reducing the overall number of offences committed.

Sgt Ben Coogan said:

“We are extremely pleased with the results of the operations we have conducted. Whilst they may be quite time consuming, we are confident they deliver in terms of number of successful arrests and prosecutions. This no doubt sends out a warning to all those involved in motor vehicle crime in Ealing, any vehicle could be fitted with CCTV cameras watching their every move.”

In one recent case, 31 year old Clive Howe of no fixed address was sentenced on 7 May 2010 at Isleworth Magistrates Court to a 6 months sentence suspended for 12 months, 50 hours of unpaid community work and 12 months supervision order in connection with over forty offences of thefts from motor vehicles committed throught November 2009 across Ealing.

Additionally, on 27 May 2010 at Isleworth Crown Court he received a post conviction Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) until 27 May 2015 prohibiting him touching or entering any motor vehicle in England and Wales without the express permission of the owner.

On a second occasion, 17 year old Jesse Williams of Felix Road, W13 on 30 June 2010 at Acton Youth Court was served with an ASBO until 29 June 2012 with conditions not to be on a pedal cycle anywhere within the M25, not to wear any item of clothing with a hood in public and not to enter the following roads: Hastings Road, Denmark Road, Hartington Road, Mount Park Crescent, Mount Park Road, Mountfield Road, Craven Road, Denbeigh Road, Arden Road, Longfield Road and Woodville Road, all within the W5 postcode.

The W5 postcode saw a 22% reduction in offences of theft from motor vehicle following the arrest of Williams.

Police in Ealing would like to take this opportunity to remind all vehicle users to keep them locked or secured. Insecure vehicles represent an easy target to an opportunist thief. Borough residents are also asked to record the serial numbers of their property and provide these when reporting offences. For more information about motor vehicle crime contact your local police on 0300 123 1212.


Please visit National Property Register to register your valuables for free. Secure your vehicle - don’t give criminals an easy ride.

4 August 2010

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