Thieves target race fans

Racegoers have been targeted by thieves in Cheltenham.

Police say there has been a spate of thefts from hotel bedrooms in the town this week.

Pc Damon Blandford, Crime Reduction Officer for Cheltenham, says:

“There is no doubt that with the large number of visitors the races bring to the county some people will try and take advantage of the situation and target hotels where race goers are staying.
“We have only had a small number of incidents but it is worth reminding all visitors to the county that they should be mindful of their security, and take steps to safeguard their valuables.”

Incidents reported at three separate premises in recent days include:
 - The theft of jewellery, cash and bank cards from a bedroom at a hotel on the outskirts of Cheltenham between 7.30 and 10pm on Tuesday March 16.

 - The theft of two lap top computers, clothing and luggage from a bedroom of a hotel in central Cheltenham between 7pm on Tuesday March 16 and 1am on Wednesday March 17.

 - The theft of cash from a bedroom at a central Cheltenham hotel between 5pm and 10pm on Tuesday March 16
Visitors are advised to follow this advice:
Avoid leaving high value items in your hotel.  If this is unavoidable, use the hotel safe or room safe.
Keep ground floor windows secure.
Hang the 'Do Not Disturb' notice on the door to give the impression someone is in the room.
When leaving the room at night close the curtains, leave a light on and the radio playing. This will also make it look/sound as if the room is occupied.