Warning to motorists as thieves strip family cars in UK region. Here's how to protect your vehicle

Residents in a major region in the UK have been warned of a rise in thieves stripping cars for parts.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and pandemic-related supply problems has led to criminals cashing in on rising demand, according to head of West Midlands Police’s Vehicle Crime Taskforce (VCT), detective superintendent Jim Munroe.

Mr Munroe said that over the last 12 to 24 months, there has been an increase in vehicle crime, particularly prevalent theft of motor vehicles.

He continued to say that he believes that this is due to a parts shortage, supply chain issues post Covid and the Ukraine war. 

This surge in car crime has been brought on by the growing demand for spare parts, according to Mr Munroe. 

Factory shutdowns around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic sparked a shortage of semiconductor chips and other components in countries such as the UK. 

Devastated victims of vehicles such as Citroens, Toyotas, Peugeots have been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after finding their cars destroyed and stripped bare.

And drivers in the region who want to avoid becoming a victim of this have now been urged to focus on where they are leaving their vehicles parked.

Source of data and images: dailymail

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