Call for action after up to 15 cars broken into in Belsize Park

Thieves smashed their way into up to 15 cars in one fell swoop, sparking calls for police action in Belsize Park.

A special meeting has been called by concerned neighbours to discuss ways to tackle the problem which has blighted the area in recent years. Just two weeks ago three cars were smashed into during a spate of vandalism in Belsize Square and now a neighbourhood watch group has said enough is enough.

Roger Montgomery, who heads up the group, said the watch would even consider coughing up the cash to install CCTV cameras in the area following the series of thefts.

On Wednesday morning last week (September 5), residents woke to a scene of destruction, with shattered glass littering the road and cars’ bodywork damaged.

“It all happened in about a one or two-hour period and it’s just an incredible spate of thefts,” said Mr Montgomery of Belsize Crescent.

“It must have been some gang who came in to target cars with sat navs.

“The only way you get any action is everything has to be reported to the police and then they will have to pay more attention.

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“It has been two years since we set up our organisation and it’s time to reorganise and see what more we can do.”

Police are investigating the spate of thefts which saw the fleet of vehicles damaged and raided.

One eyewitness saw a white male, about 5ft 6inch tall, with short dark hair and wearing dark clothing cycling through the area at about 4.20am last Wednesday (September 5).

Officers said that six cars, including an Audi and a Toyota, had been broken into in Belsize Road and Lyndhurst Gardens. Body work and windows were damaged, but only two cars had cash stolen from them.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Camden Police on 101 or ring anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.