Blue disabled badge thefts


The Problem:

Callous thieves stealing blue parking badges from elderly and disabled in Redbridge

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
11:44 AM

Callous thieves are targeting blue parking badges used by elderly and disabled people.

Between January and December this year, 89 permits were stolen from vehicles in Redbridge, including some cars that were left unlocked.

Speaking to Ilford residents at an area committee seven meeting last week, Sgt Wayne McBride said police are launching a crackdown on theft from vehicles.

He added: “We’ve seen a huge increase in theft from motor vehicles, particularly blue badges.

“Parking charges have gone up so there’s been a rise in taking the badges.”

The badge scheme aims to help people with severe walking difficulties so that they can leave their vehicles close to shops or other places they need to visit.

Using a badge belonging to someone else when they are not in the car can be punished with a fine of up to £1,000.

Police advise permit holders to lock car doors and windows whilst the badge is in use and keep the badge out of view or remove it from the vehicle overnight.

A solution, by Criterion Packaging:

Blue Badge Protector - Single


Time’s up on Blue Badge Theft

Over 6000 Blue Badges were stolen from parked cars in 2004. It can take up to 6 weeks to replace disabled badges - leaving owners seriously compromised whenever they need to park their cars. This highly visable deterrant can help save all the hassle and stress associated with your car being broken into, and of course can save you the Insurance Excess to fix your window!


• Your Badge is locked into a steel case & protected by 5mm thick clear plastic.
• Sturdy Lock & flexible steel cable attaches the case securely to the steering wheel.
• Various lock lengths available.

This product on its own does not entitle the bearer to concessionary parking. Disabled badges shown are for illustration purposes only.