Police issue warning after string of vehicle break-ins in rural community

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Provincial police remind drivers to secure their vehicles after a string of thefts and vehicle damage in Thamesford this week.

Thieves damaged vehicles and made off with power tools, electronics and other items on George and Delatre streets and Alison Road Tuesday and Wednesday in the Zorra Township community, about 20 kilometres east of London, Oxford OPP said Thursday.

As thefts from vehicles remains an “ongoing issue,” police advise that residents always secure their property, including cars, homes, outbuildings and sheds, Const. Patti Cote said by email. “It is highly recommended that all valuables be removed from vehicles and, if possible, park vehicles inside a garage or shop if available.”

Police also recommend using "superior locking system(s)" on all property, ensuring alarms are in working order and using exterior lighting and motion sensors to deter criminal activity.

The warning comes after tires on six vehicles were slashed in St. Thomas police overnight Tuesday, police there said.

The slashings took place in the Mondamin and Scott streets area, north of Talbot Street, St. Thomas police spokesperson Tanya Calvert said Thursday. “They were clearly on a mission to do some damage."

Home security video showed two suspects approaching one residence, police said. One waited on the sidewalk while the other stabbed vehicle tires with a knife.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Anyone with information about the Thamesford incident should call OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. If you have information about the St. Thomas case, call police there at 519-631-1224.

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Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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