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Information appeal after Christmas presents were stolen from an Ashbourne vehicle

Posted on 3rd December 2014

Police are urging motorists to remain vigilant and to secure their vehicles after Christmas presents were stolen from a car in Ashbourne.

Overnight between 6.30pm on Monday, December 1 and 5pm on Tuesday, December 2, offenders broke into a white Peugeot 208 that was parked on Northcliffe Road, Ashbourne.

A black and white Michael Kors handbag, Christmas decorations, and a number of Children’s toys were stolen from within.

This includes a Postman Pat red bike, a Minnie Mouse play kitchen, an Etch-a-Sketch and toy building blocks.

The theft has prompted officers to urge motorists to be extra security conscious over the festive period.

Crime prevention advice includes:

  • Before leaving your vehicle unattended, make sure that the windows and doors and properly locked and secure;
  • Ensure that valuables are kept out of sight or ideally removed from the car;
  • When out shopping, ensure that any shopping bags are stored securely in the boot of the vehicle and not left on show to catch the eye of a passing criminal;
  • Park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible and remove any visible marks such as sat nav holder rings to deter a criminal;
  • Register valuables for free on the secure website, which helps police reunite recovered stolen items with their owners;
  • Be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police on 999 if a crime is in progress, 101 in a non-emergency or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime number on 51105/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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