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Appeal following attempted car-jacking in Moseley

Police in Birmingham are appealing for information following an attempt car-jacking in Moseley earlier this month.

An 45-year-old was sat in her Ford Fiesta at the traffic lights on Queensbridge Road on 14 September when the suspects opened the car door and tried to drag her out of the driver’s seat at around 3.30pm.

Fortunately a member of the public spotted what happening and ran to intervene; the four suspects ran off in the direction of Moor Green Lane.

Investigating officer Nigel Box said: “Fortunately, the woman was not injured during this incident and nothing was stolen.

“Nevertheless, she was left extremely shaken as a result and we are pursuing various lines of inquiry to trace those involved - we are keen to trace the four individuals captured on CCTV prior to the offence. If you recognise them, please contact Crimestoppers.

He added: “There have been a number of similar incidents in the area recently and although we are not treating them as a series, this has not been ruled out.

“As expected we are treating these incidents extremely seriously and local neighbourhood officers will continue increased patrols in the area for as long as necessary.

“The community are advised to remain vigilant and report anything they believe to be suspicious.”

Anyone who has information that can assist with our inquiries is asked get in touch via the anonymous crime reporting agency, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime number 20BE/196443A/17

What can you do to protect yourself?

Many of the most effective measures you can take come from simply being aware of the problem, and of your surroundings.

  • Keep your doors locked and windows closed – especially when stopping or when parked.
  • Don't leave your keys unattended in the car even for just a few moments. In most cases, your insurance will not cover the theft of your vehicle in these circumstances.
  • If there are multiple lanes, and you're going to be stopped at a junction or traffic lights, be aware of your surroundings and move your car into the lane away from the pavement if necessary.
  • Be wary when a stranger attempts to flag you down, especially in isolated areas or side roads.
  • Leave at least a vehicle and a half space between you and the car directly in front to give you enough space to quickly manoeuvre around the vehicle and make your way to safety.
  • If your car is nudged by another vehicle and you are suspicious of the intention of the other driver, do not stop, try to take the car details down and report the incident to the police. Some car-jacking gangs use the tactic of nudging a vehicle and then stealing the keys when the driver stops.
  • If attempts are made to steal your car, dial 999 and sound your horn to draw attention to your car.
  • When at home always check your car is locked before leaving it ‘check your fob has done its job’. Never leave your keys on view in your home.
  • Remember: non-confrontation is ALWAYS the best response.

Another option is to have a Thatcham approved tracker system fitted to your vehicle. Typically, you could expect to pay a fee for the installation of the device, plus a monthly service charge or annual service charge. However these devices can be moved vehicle to vehicle.

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