REPORTS of vehicle crime across the Wokingham borough has led to police issuing an alert to residents on how to keep their vehicles safe.

This comes after Thames Valley Police receiving numerous reports of different kinds of vehicle crime across the borough, with advice including for residents to lock their cars and shutting car windows whenever they are not in the vehicle, take belongings with you instead of leaving them in the car when it is unattended, and to seek advice from car dealers on how to get catalytic converter locks or guards fitted.

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The advice is largely given in order to ensure opportunist thieves are not given easy access to a potential theft.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "We have received reports of vehicle crime across the Wokingham Borough area.

"Reports have included people trying vehicle door handles, causing damage to car panels and smashing windows.

"We would like to hear from anyone with CCTV, video doorbell, dashcam footage or who may have seen anything suspicious in relation to vehicle crime.

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"If you have any information, please report online or call 101.

"If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact 'Crimestoppers' anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555 111.

"It is an independent charity, no personal details will be asked for, calls are not recorded or traced and you would not have to go to court."

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