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Laptop stolen from car parked near Derbyshire Dales beauty spot

Posted on 5th September 2013

Thieves broke into a vehicle left in the car park of a popular Derbyshire beauty spot and made off with valuable stored in the boot.

The vehicle – a Peugeot 206 – was parked in an area close to Stanage Edge, near Hathersage, when it was broken into on the afternoon of Sunday, September 1.

The offenders searched the car and stole items including an Apple laptop, designer sunglasses and after shave from the boot.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place between 2.30pm and 6.45pm, to get in touch.

The theft comes at a time when police and Derbyshire Dales District Council are teaming up to advise motorists about vehicle security and remove valuables from their cars.

Summer car crime Andy posters

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth, placing a warning sign in a car park near Stanage Edge.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, from Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Thieves will try their luck if they think there is a chance valuables will be left inside and our advice is to take your items with you when you can.

“Even leaving them out of sight might not be enough if a thief thinks they can get away with it. They will often strike when there aren’t many people about and in isolated areas, so if you are parking in one, please take extra care.

“We have been out speaking to drivers about vehicle security and I’d like to remind motorists that if you leave nothing in, nothing can be taken out.

“Those simple security steps can save a lot of distress by preventing you from becoming a victim of crime.”

Car parks across the Dales have had posters placed in them reminding drivers to take extra care, and postcards with the same message have been regularly placed on windscreens of parked cars.

If you spot anyone acting suspiciously around parked and unattended vehicles, call police straight away on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

Witnesses or anyone with information on the above crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.