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Taxi drivers targeted with thefts

Morgan took passengers to Heathrow and Gatwick. Stock image
Morgan took passengers to Heathrow and Gatwick. Stock image

Police are urging taxi drivers to ensure valuables are not left unattended in vehicles overnight after a spate of break-ins in the Swanley area.

Over the past ten days thieves have stolen cash and personal items from a number of Hackney carriages which have been parked outside victims’ homes.

In Hextable, three taxis were broken into in Claremont Road, on May 30.

The thefts were reported to have taken place between 1am and 9am.

Items stolen included headphones, a men’s jacket and £50 cash.

Between May 27 and 28, £20 was stolen from a taxi parked in Glendale, Swanley.

During each of the break-ins a window was smashed to gain access to the vehicle.

DS Gary Scarfe said: "We would like to remind anyone who owns a taxi cab to remove any valuable items from their vehicle overnight.

"Thieves will also target any item which they believe may contain money or other valuables.

"It is also important to not leave items like bags, jackets or containers on view."

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote any of the following references: YY/010455/13, YY/010435/13, YY/010458/13.

Give reference YY/010207/13 if you have any information on the theft in Glendale.

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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