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Dear Residents,

Welcome to the Police Update for the two weeks.

The message includes burglaries, vehicle thefts and catalytic converter thefts reported between the 11th May 2023 to 24th May 2023.  Advice is also included on how to protect your car from Keyless theft.




12/05/2023 Between 23:10 to 23:20    Maple Way,  Hooley.   Residential  Burglary.  Method of Entry-  Forced entry through a window at the rear of the property. The suspect(s) have then opened the external door to the kitchen, located at the side of the property.

Stolen:  Not confirmed at this time.   (PR 45230052172)

Between 19/05/2023 20:45 to 20/05/2023 09:30     Tattenham Grove,  Epsom Downs.   Residential  Burglary resulting in Car Theft.  Method of Entry-  Entry gained through the lounge window, located at the front  of the property.

Stolen:  Car keys taken and then used to steal a Mercedes Car parked on the drive.   (PR 45230055242)



13/05/2023 22:30   Nutfeld Road,  Merstham.   Residential Garage Burglary resulting in Car Theft.  Method of Entry-  Entry has been gained through the garage doors.

Stolen:  Fiat Abarth.   (PR 45230052685)

15/05/2023  Between 01:12 to 02:13    Reigate Hill,  Reigate.   Residential Garage Burglary.  Method of Entry- Entry has been gained into the garage.

Stolen:  1 red Snap-on Cab (tool box on wheels), 1 Red Snap-on Tool (sits on top of tool cab and an air compressor.   (PR 45230055505)



24/05/2023 Between 12:00 to 14:04  Avenue Gardens,  Horley.   Residential Burglary.  Method of Entry-  Forced entry through windows located at the rear of the property.

Stolen:  Not confirmed at this time.   (PR 45230056779)


Please remember we provide lots of advice on our website for keeping you, and your property safe : https://www.surrey.police.uk/burglary/


Catalytic Converters Theft

No report this week.


Vehicle Thefts

There are 6 reports for the last week with 3 Keyless Car Thefts.

Banstead,  Palmersfield Road     13/05/2023    - Keyless Car Theft   -  Mercedes    (PR 45230052245)

Banstead,  Sandersfield Road   13/05/2023   – Keyless Car Theft -  BMW  (PR 45230052247)

Merstham,   London Road North  15/05/2023  – Keyless Car Theft -   Fiat Ducato   (PR 45230053130)

Epsom Downs, Chapel Way    Between 15/05/2023 to 16/05/2023 – Vehicle Theft – Jeep  (45230053287)

Coulsdon, Church Lane drive    Between 17/05/2023 to 18/05/2023 – Vehicle Theft – Mercedes  (45230054677)

Horley, Whitecroft           21/05/2023 – Vehicle Theft – Jaguar   (45230055821)


Keyless Car Thefts – Advice from Surrey Police

Keyless car theft continues to be an issue across East Surrey.

Thieves are increasingly using technology to steal keyless cars. In Surrey, most keyless cars are stolen from driveways overnight, with higher value cars most commonly targeted, including Land Rovers (especially Range Rover models), BMWs and Mercedes, however, all keyless cars are at risk.


What is a keyless car?

Cars with keyless entry unlock automatically when the key fob is within range. A keyless start system allows the car to be started at the push of a button. Keyless cars have one or both of these technologies.


How can I protect my keyless car from theft?

-          Use a steering wheel lock, especially overnight. A steering wheel lock can’t be overcome by digital technology and also acts as a visual deterrent to would-be thieves.

-          Store your keys, including any spares, in a signal blocking pouch (also known as a Faraday bag). These pouches are designed to prevent thieves boosting the signal from your key to trick your car into unlocking. Seams can weaken over time so it’s important to check regularly that the pouch is working.

-          Ensure any inbuilt trackers are activated. If you would like to further invest in security measures, consider an aftermarket tracker or immobiliser. Your car dealership can help you with this.

As with any additional security for vehicles, try to purchase devices that are:

-          Thatcham Quality Assured – www.thatcham.org

-          Sold Secure Tested – www.soldsecure.com

-          Secured by Design – www.securedbydesign.com


If you witness car theft taking place, call 999, and relay as much information about the suspects as you can.

If a crime has already taken place, please report it to us online as soon as possible.

Please remember we provide lots of advice on our website for keeping your car safe:





Contacting Us

The Police Reference Number (PR) with each of the reports is shown in brackets. If you have any information on any of the reports, including CCTV, please contact us quoting the Police Reference Number (PR).

How to contact us

As always, the local Neighbourhood Team are keen to receive information on all crime spotted or believed to have occurred as this can assist with ongoing enquiries, as well as helping to pool information to build a wider understanding.

 If you believe you have any information relating to relevant information or concerns you can:

  • Call 101
  • On line reporting https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
  • If you have social media, why not give us a follow. You can also message us if you want to report something to us
    • Our Facebook is Reigate and Banstead Beat (Surrey Police) and our twitter is ReigateBeat
  • You can also give information totally anonymously by contacting the Independent  Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

    In an Emergency please contact 999.

    As ever if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. 


    Best wishes,

    Reigate & Banstead Safer  Neighbourhood Team





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