Police warn public as thieves target Thame

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Security is being beefed up around Thame and people warned to take extra care following a series of crimes in the area.

The past six weeks has seen the highest number of thefts from vehicles reported in the town and thieves have also targeted cash and card ticket machines at Haddenham and Thame Parkway train station.

Significant damage was done to the station machines as crooks stole cash and coins early on Monday morning.

As a result, extra overnight security is being put in place at various railway stations in the run up to Christmas.

Chad Collins, head of stations at Chiltern Railways said: “The perpetrators caused significant damage to the machines in the process of taking cash and coins.

“We have shared the CCTV footage with the police and are working closely with them to assist with their investigations.”

Inconveniently for residents, it will not be possible to buy tickets online and collect them from the station until the machines are repaired or replaced.

The nearest place to collect tickets booked online until then will be Aylesbury or Princes Risborough stations.

Extra staff with mobile ticket machines will also be on hand during morning peak times. Where possible booking office hours will also be extended to help people buy tickets.

Meanwhile, following the spate of incidents where thieves have got into insecure vehicles and stolen property, extra police patrols have been put on in the Thame area and some arrests have been made.

Residents in the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse are advised to make sure their vehicles are locked and secure when left overnight or when not in use. Police added that people should remove any valuable items from vehicles and not leave anything on display.