tale in Biggleswade
The alarming story alongside posted on Facebook by Malcolm Gammons
highlights there are some very unpleasant and determined car thieves
about who are looking for an attractive car they can steal. Their
method of stealing the car is to crash into your car deliberately
to get the driver to stop and get out to check the damage. The thieves
then jump into your car hoping the driver has left the keys in the
ignition slot so they can drive off with your car. They even use a
weapon like a crow bar to scare the driver.
a Facebook posting Malcolm Gammons recommends drivers should
take care because his wife Steph "has just been car jacked.
They hit her at a roundabout and then when she got out of the
car to look at the damage they jumped into her car. As she had
turned it off and she had the key in her pocket they could not
start the car. She then screamed her head off and lots of people
came out from their homes nearby to help". Malcolm adds
he has heard from the police it's the second one tonight".
Clearly Steph is very lucky as the criminals threatened her
with a crow bar to make her give up the keys. Malcolm suggests
"if you get hit and it's not your fault keep driving and
call the police".
The incident happened in Biggleswade in Bedfordshire
on 30th December 2019 at about 6.45pm and Malcolm says "Steph
is very shaken up by it all but very grateful for the help she
got". Another person posting on the forum said he knew
of another incident in Biggleswade when someone he knows had
their BMW stolen in the early hours. The lady involved in that
second incident then posted a Facebook note saying "Sorry
to hear this happened to your partner, I was the other lady
whose car they tried to take in Bedford prior to this. The only
thing I can take from this is that they have weapons but it
seems they are reluctant to use them. I also screamed at them
and so did my husband and they soon left, so making a scene
seems to help frustrate the attack". She added the police
said it was my "type" of vehicle they were after.
"I am just worried about taking it anywhere now as I had
only had it 10 minutes".
areas for car theft increases revealed
The UK Government data was analysed by the car-selling site Motorway
and it shows which police force areas in the UK suffered the worst
increases in car theft. Staffordshire saw the largest rise, with car
thefts jumping by 37.5% from 1,332 in 2017 to 1,831 in 2018, and Bedfordshire
came second, seeing a 27.3% cent year-on-year rise from 1,054 thefts
On the basis of the stats alongside it seems that an average of
3.28 cars a day are stolen in Bedforshire or one every 7.3 hours!
In Berkshire it's 9.07 stolen cars a day or one every 2.6 hours!