Police in Runcorn and Widnes are warning vehicle owners to be extra vigilant and security conscious following a recent rise in thefts from cars.
Thieves have been targeting vehicles that have been left insecure and with valuable items such as laptops, mobile phones, sat navs, iPods and handbags left on show.
PC Jamie Simmons from Widnes Local Policing Team said,
"Many of the recent thefts have involved vehicles that have been left insecure or with valuables on display or in the boot.
"For this reason we are asking people to be extra vigilant, secure their vehicles and not to leave valuables on display to help reduce the number of opportunist thefts."
Drivers are being urged to:
- Ensure their vehicle is locked and secure when it is unattended − even for a brief moment
- Remember to activate their alarm and/or steering lock
- Remove any valuable items − such as mobile phones, laptops and cash − from the vehicle
- Do not be tempted to hide valuable items in the glove box or under seats
- Remember to remove the sat nav and the fascia of car stereos − ensure you detach the cradle
- Ensure you wipe away the mark from the windscreen that has been left by the suction pad − as this is a tell-tale sign for thieves that a sat nav is being used in the vehicle
- Try and park in well-lit areas where there are a lot of people around
- Report any suspicious activity in your area to police immediately
Anyone with any information about vehicle crime is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101.
Information can also be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.