West Midlands Police Headquarters at Lloyd House, Birmingham. Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of vehicles and equipment have been stolen from West Midlands Police in the last eight years.

Thefts over the last eight years include a range of cars, bikes and a van as well as police equipment.

Details of items stolen from West Midlands Police were revealed by freedom of information requests.

The figures cover from 2012 to October 2020 for vehicle thefts and from 2012 to September 2020 for thefts from vehicles and buildings.

Thieves stole 26 vehicles from West Midlands Police in this time and took 68 smaller items from inside vehicles and police buildings.

The most notable items listed were high-performance sports cars, off-road bikes and a police van but many other smaller objects were also reported as stolen.

Among the cars taken were an Audi A5 saloon which for the newest standard model costs £53,400 and a grey Audi S3 which starts from £38,475.

Criminals also got their hands on two grey and black BMWs, a silver Volkswagen Golf and multiple Vauxhall models.

West Midlands Police cars near Birmingham New Street station. Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

A white Vauxhall Vivaro police van was stolen from a yard in 2018 as well.

For some of the thefts the vehicle type and model were not known and for most of these losses the monetary value was not recorded.

Roads were the most dangerous place for police vehicles with 17 stolen from streets in the West Midlands.

The worst year for the force for vehicle thefts was 2015 with six lost to thieves.

Jay Singh-Sohal, Conservative candidate for the role of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

“Residents will be stunned to hear that rising crime under a Labour PCC is even affecting the police themselves.

“In the case of the theft of police cars and a van it’s remarkable and audacious like a scene from ‘Fast and Furious’ that such a crime could occur at all, let alone only just come to light.”

There were 59 thefts of items from inside police vehicles including number plates, clothes, equipment and fuel cards.

However only nine items were stolen from police buildings in this time with thefts in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

One of the three thefts from police buildings reported in 2015 was committed by an employee.

Items stolen from police premises included three pedal cycles and what is described as photographic equipment from a motor vehicle.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “West Midlands Police has a fleet of 1552 vehicles which are in continual use 24 hours a day, travelling over 21 million miles a year.

“Many of the vehicles are used in response duties, reacting to critical incidents across the force area and many are unmarked cars.

“Our fleet are not immune to crime and we too suffer from vehicle theft and break-ins, but as with all responsible drivers we have insurance to cover this.”

West Midlands Police apologised in October last year after a notebook containing information on young people at risk from or associated with gangs was stolen from an unmarked car on May 29, 2020.