Wanstead woman has three cars stolen from outside home in six months (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Three cars stolen in six months from outside home of Christine Brooks in Dangan Road, Wanstead
A woman who has had three cars stolen from outside her house in the space of six months says she is living in fear of further crime.
Christine Brooks’ Ford Fiesta disappeared in Dangan Road, Wanstead on January 21, the third vehicle to be stolen from outside her home since August.
Mrs Brooks, 62, said: “It’s unbelievable. This road is clearly a crime hotspot but the police don’t seem to be interested in doing anything about it.
“It’s got to the stage where I don’t feel safe anymore. I’m waking up in the night and peeping through the curtains to see if anyone is outside.
“My neighbour has been burgled twice and I’m scared that someone is going to break into my house.”
Mrs Brook’s first car, a Golf, was stolen last August after thieves grabbed her keys by reaching through the letterbox.
And in October a Kia belonging to a friend who was visiting Mrs Brooks was taken by a gang of men who arrived in a tow truck.
She said: “There were some builders working across the road who told me this truck turned up and three men got out.
“Apparently they asked if the car belonged to the builders and when they said no, they just took it.
“The builders thought they were from the council.
“I couldn’t believe it when the third car disappeared. It just makes me feel so vulnerable.
“A police officer came to visit me but he was only here for 10 minutes.
“I’m not down on the police, but he didn’t even leave me a victim support leaflet.
“I have asked to be told how many cars have been stolen on this road, but they won’t tell me. It feels like they don’t take this sort of crime seriously.
“I have lived here for eight years and things have definitely gone downhill. I know a lot of people who are very uncomfortable.
“It feels like crime is getting closer and closer to home.”
Redbridge police have been asked to comment.
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