Advice to Newport taxi drivers following thefts

We are reminding taxi drivers in the Newport area to take appropriate steps to keep their vehicles and belongings safe, following a number of recent thefts from parked cars.

Officers are currently investigating recent incidents in Pill, the city centre, and the Bassaleg and Risca Road areas, where offenders have broken into unattended taxis overnight, before stealing money bags and other valuables from inside.

We would urge taxi drivers to remove these items from their vehicles when not in use, and wherever possible, to park and leave cars in well-lit areas, covered by CCTV.  

Sergeant Roland Giles from the Pill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We believe that in certain instances over recent weeks, taxis have been specifically targeted by thieves. While we are continuing to investigate, we would like to remind drivers to be vigilant and take all necessary precautions to protect themselves from crime.

“Whether you are leaving your vehicle for five minutes or five hours, please remove valuables from view, or better still, take them out of the vehicle completely.

“I would also like to urge anyone who feels they have been a victim of this sort of crime to report this to us immediately so we can carry out enquiries as soon as possible, in an effort to identify the offender.”

If you have any information, please contact Gwent Police on 101, quoting reference 1900090104. You can also direct message us on Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.