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Car thefts: Police step up patrols in Bishop's Stortford and urge Mercedes and BMW owners to 'review security ASAP'

Police have stepped up patrols in Bishop's Stortford in response to continued vehicle thefts – and are urging Mercedes and BMW owners to "review their security as soon as possible".

Two Mercedes were stolen at night in the town within a week of each other.

A black convertible C200 was taken from the driveway of a house in Cannons Close, off Stansted Road, between midnight and 8.30am on Wednesday (August 25). The owners had bought it only just over a week earlier. It did not have a keyless entry system and it is suspected the thieves had a key.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police on 101, quoting crime reference 41/65620/21.

Last week, a silver E-Class was stolen from Drovers Way, St Michael's Mead, between 8pm on Thursday and 8.30am on Friday (August 19-20). Police are investigating CCTV footage.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: "We are continuing to see a number of keyless vehicle thefts in the area and patrols have been increased. We’re also working with local and national dealerships to help highlight and tackle this issue.

"We’re urging vehicle owners, particularly those with Mercedes or BMWs, to please review their security as soon as possible. Advice is available on the crime prevention section of the Herts police website."

If your vehicle has a keyless entry system, place the vehicle tablet key in your home, as far away from the vehicle as possible, ideally in a metal box.

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