A combination of arrests, police patrols and people remembering to lock their vehicles has helped decrease the number of thefts from vehicles in St Albans.

But St Albans Detective Inspector Pete Frost has said the number of thefts from vehicles is still significantly high across the district with 101 offences since April 1 this year.

He added this is an increase of 80 per cent compared to this time last year.

He said: “The frustrating thing is that theft from an insecure vehicle can easily be prevented by drivers simply locking their vehicles.

“The other temptation for an opportunist thief is leaving valuable on display including laptops, handbags and sunglasses.

“However, we have made some significant arrests and continue to carry out high-visibility and covert patrols.

“If you know who may be responsible or see anyone acting suspiciously please contact police on 101.”

Murray Bierman, 37, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with theft from a motor vehicle on Friday, April 29.

A camera was stolen from a Volkswagen Tiguan. He was remanded and given conditional court bail.

Antonia Litten, eastern regional manager for Crimestoppers said: “There are people out there who know who is responsible for these vehicle thefts across Hertfordshire and I would urge you to contact us at Crimestoppers.”