Solihull police warn of 'Corsa cannibals' who steal parts from popular car - The Solihull Observer

Solihull police warn of 'Corsa cannibals' who steal parts from popular car

Solihull Editorial 3rd Aug, 2018   0

POLICE in Solihull have warned of ‘Corsa cannibals’ who steal parts from the popular cars.

Police say seven Vauxhall Corsas have had their ‘front ends removed’ in just a week.

The crime is believed to have become widespread in 2013 when there was a sudden rise in theft and damage caused to Corsas.

It is believed criminals simply smash the passenger window and open bonnets to remove parts.

Solihull Police suspect the crime has become common due to the popularity of the vehicles, and the large market for buying parts.

Solihull Police said: “In total seven Vauxhall Corsas have had their front ends removed within Solihull this week.

“We may be experiencing this national trend.

“Our officers are aware and are investigating the offences we’ve had.

“Corsas are popular vehicles. If you own one look at our tips on how to best secure your vehicle.

“Help us tackle this trend.”

The threat comes after news that more than 3,400 cars and light goods vehicles were recorded stolen across the West Midlands in the first six months of this year, according to Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

He has been leading a national campaign calling on motor manufacturers to close security loopholes.

Solihull Police have issued vehicle security advice to residents on their website.

It says that by following these simple steps people can significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of vehicle crime:

– Lock all windows, doors and the sunroof whenever you leave the vehicle, even for just a few minutes.

– Remove all valuables — never leave anything on display. Thieves are opportunist.

– Register all valuables in the car, such as radios and sat nav systems on Immobilise.

– If your car doesn’t have one, fit a Thatcham approved alarm and use it.

– If your car does not have them, fit a locking petrol cap and locking wheel nuts.

– Take portable sat navs and dashcams with you when leaving the car, together with any supporting objects for them. Make sure you make a note of the serial number as well.

– Wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard and remove the cable – thieves will look out for these.

– Don’t leave the equipment in the glove box – thieves will usually check there first.


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