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Thieves target unattended taxis in Bradford
11:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
Thieves have been targeting cash floats left unattended in taxis in Bradford.
Police are investigating four incidents in the last two weeks where unmanned cabs in the Frizinghall area have been targeted.
In the early hours of Thursday, September 19, a man was disturbed while breaking into a taxi in Ferndale Grove.
He was described as Asian, quite tall, in his late teens or early 20s and of slim build.
He was also wearing a dark woollen hat. Police believe a vehicle parked nearby was linked to the offence.
Taxis parked outside homes and taxi offices have also been targeted, as have some outside mosques at prayer times.
The North Bradford Neighbourhood Policing Team are now warning drivers to remove their cash floats from their vehicles when unattended. Inspector Andrew Croasdale, who leads the team, said: “We are urging all taxi drivers to take their cash floats from their vehicles when leaving them unattended.
“If it is not possible to take the float with you when leaving your vehicle, then keep it out of sight and make sure your vehicle is locked and secure.”
Officers have been liaising with taxi companies and calling on addresses with taxis parked outside.
They have also been handing out crime prevention advice and stickers which state that no cash has been left in the vehicle.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to contact the North Bradford Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.