Police increase checks after car doors tried in the early hours of the morning in Bury St Edmunds

Police officers in Bury St Edmunds have been carrying out checks on vehicles parked on the roadside.

It’s all part of Operation Night Owl, which sets out to tackle crime that takes place overnight. Officers have been patrolling urban areas checking every vehicle along a street to see if it was insecure. If the vehicle was insecure, they knocked on owners addresses and gave them words of advice along with the leaflet. Leaflets were also dropped through all letterboxes around vehicle security.

In total 259 vehicles where checked, out of those, there were 17 vehicles found to be insecure, 2 vehicles with valuables in the form of mobile phones left on front seats and 1 insecure bike found in a front garden. All owners were physically spoken to and the advice was gratefully received

It comes after a rise in nighttime crime.

Two men were caught on CCTV in Ashwell Road early on Wednesday morning trying car doors. They reportedly continued to try the other cars along Ashwell Road.

The pair are described as in late teens, both of slim build, both around 5ft 11 tall and were both wearing trainers and tracksuit bottoms. One male was wearing a black puffer jacket and the second male wearing a grey hoodie and small cross over body bag

There have also been similar reports in the Moreton Hall area of the town.

CCTV images from a resident in Moreton Hall after a similar incident of car doors being tried.