Taxi theft alert

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Police are urging taxi drivers to remove all property from their cabs after two taxis were targeted by thieves in separate incidents in Lancaster and Morecambe.

The first incident took place overnight on Tuesday, March 12 in Green Street, Lancaster, when a blue Skoda Octavia taxi had its front driver’s side window smashed with a large rock.

The offender then removed around £25 in loose coins from inside the driver’s door and £75 in notes from a compartment.

The following day, sometime between midnight and 7.30am, someone approached a secured and unattended Peugeot 307 taxi parked in Haweswater Place in Morecambe.

Using an unknown implement the offender smashed the driver’s side window and removed a cash bag of up to £12 in loose change.

Sgt Simon Balderstone from Lancaster police said: “Unfortunately there has been a recent increase in theft from taxis in both Lancaster and Morecambe where unattended vehicles are having their windows smashed with rocks and property stolen.

“We’re investigating these incidents and would appeal to anybody with any information about either offence to contact police on 101.

“In the meantime its advise all drivers when leaving their taxis after work to remove all property and cash.

“Even the smallest amount of change left on show is enough to entice a criminal and sadly these types of thefts can result in hundreds of pounds worth of damage and lost earnings.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.