How secure is your car? Warning to drivers across South Birmingham
Main article content
British Transport Police (BTP) officers are reminding people to think about the safety of their cars and belongings before leaving them parked at railway station car parks.
Since June, across South Birmingham there has a spate of vehicle related crime at railway stations. Crimes include seven thefts of vehicles and four theft from vehicles at a handful of stations Kings Norton, Northfield, Rowley Regis and Yardley Wood.
Joint operations are ongoing between BTP and West Midlands Police, officers will be at stations utilising several tactics and specialities, interacting with the public and offering reassurance to passengers.
We are encouraging drivers to consider additional security measures for their vehicles when parking, including steering locks and engine immobilisers. Especially those with more desirable high-performance vehicles to try and deter thieves.
Local Policing Inspector Paul Finlayson said "We understand the concern and frustration these crimes cause to individuals. In order to robustly tackle these crimes we need you to help us, by being the eyes and ears in the community and report any suspicious activity at station carparks immediately.
"We are continually working closely with local forces and specialist roads policing units to tackle vehicle crime. Those who commit the crimes can expect to be caught or woken by early morning police raids for their actions."
If you see or hear anything suspicious while using the railway, please text BTP on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.