Mercedes cars are being targeted by thieves in three Dorset towns.

Between January 20 and March 2 there have been five actual thefts of Mercedes, two attempted thefts and one theft from a Mercedes vehicle.

On one day two vehicles were targeted and Mercedes were targetted on the same street two days in a row.

Police say that they believe that the thieves are focussing on keyless vehicles.

The dates and places of the incidents are:

  • West Way in Poole on Friday, January 20
  • Newfoundland Drive area in Poole on Thursday, February 2
  • Littledown Avenue area in Bournemouth on Tuesday, February 14
  • Hillside Drive area in Christchurch on Thursday, February 23
  • Windham Road in Bournemouth on Tuesday, February 28
  • Hurn Road in Christchurch on Tuesday, February 28
  • River Way in Christchurch on Wednesday, March 1
  • River Way in Christchurch on Thursday, March 2

Detective Sergeant Karen Penn, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “An investigation is underway into the series to identify the offenders.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the relevant areas and dates, or may have captured any footage to help our enquiries, to please get in touch.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that if you have a keyless vehicle, please leave your key in a screened or signal-blocking box or pouch if possible.

“If that is not available, keep your key, including any spare keys, at home and well away from your vehicle to disrupt communication range and avoid leaving them near your door or window.

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“While our enquiries are continuing, I would urge anyone with information about those responsible to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230035428.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.