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Police highlight vehicle security after six cars in neighbouring Sawbridgeworth streets are targeted in 35-minute crime spate

Crooks targeted six cars in two Sawbridgeworth streets in the space of 35 minutes in the early hours of Easter Sunday, but failed to get into two of them.

Police are stressing the importance of locking vehicles and removing valuables after the incidents in Honeymeade and Rowney Gardens, both off the main A1184 Harlow Road near Pishiobury Park.

The thieves managed to get into a Ford Fiesta on a driveway in Honeymeade at around 2.40am, but although a search was carried out nothing was taken.

Between 2.30am and 2.45am in the same road, they gained access to a Seat without causing damage and took items, including a hat.

Cash was taken from a Ford in Honeymeade around the same time after the thieves got in without causing damage.

Nearby Rowney Gardens was next to be targeted, but the crooks were unsuccessful in gaining access to a locked vehicle at 3am. CCTV footage is being reviewed.

Five minutes later a door handle was tried on another vehicle in Rowney Gardens and although the crooks did not gain access a wing mirror was damaged.

Around the same time the wing mirrors of a Volkswagen in Rowney Gardens were “sheared off”. Camera footage is being reviewed.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire police said that the fact some of the attempts were unsuccessful highlights the importance of locking vehicles and removing valuables from within.

Footage from some of the incidents is being reviewed, but police are asking anyone who might have information or more camera footage to call them on 101, quoting crime reference 41/24896/24.

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