Four blue badges have been reported stolen this month, Northamptonshire County Council has confirmed.
Disabled drivers are being warned over “spate” of blue badge thefts in Northampton after thieves broke into a car belonging to an 82-year-old.
One incident took place between 8.30pm and 10pm, on Thursday, November 10 where the front driver’s side window of a grey and navy Toyota Auris was smashed and the disabled parking badge was taken.
The badge, which belonged to 82-year-old woman was stolen from Albion Place Car Park, the Chronicle & Echo reported last week.
An anonymous source from Northamptonshire County Council, who doesn’t wish to be named, told the Chron that there is a spate of blue badge thefts around Northampton.
They said: “Unfortunately, these badges are worth money on the black market and blue badge crime is on the up. Not saying that is the case in Northamptonshire, however, as these badges are used all over the country.
“Another reason may possibly be that people are facing hardship and will look at savings any way they can so they use these badge for free parking. These are my gut feelings as to why the thefts are happening.
What other motives can there be?” The source has advised blue badge holders to “make sure they’re not on display when they are not being used, as the crimes seem to take place overnight”.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We can confirm that we’ve had four blue badges reported stolen so far this month.
“The Blue Badge scheme is a national scheme which is implemented locally by the county council.
“If a blue badge is stolen it should be reported to the police as a crime number is required to apply for a replacement badge.”