Posted on 17th December 2014
Motorists are being urged to be vigilant after two vehicles were broken into in the Matlock area.
Overnight between 5pm on Friday, December 12 and 9am on Saturday, December 13 offenders broke into a vehicle that was parked in a private car park on Bakewell Road, Matlock.
Thieves smashed the light of a white coloured Citroen Berlingo and forced entry into the vehicle. A search was carried out of the car however nothing stolen.
On the same night, a white coloured Fiat van was also broken into by thieves by unknown means. Offenders emptied the contents of the glove box and carried out a search, however no items were stolen.
The van was also parked in the same car park on Bakewell Road.
The incidents have prompted police to issue a warning to motorists to take extra security steps to help to protect their vehicles from being targeted by thieves.
In the run up to Christmas, officers are urging people not to leave shopping bags or presents in their vehicles to prevent them from being stolen.
- Ensure that no valuables are left in the vehicle. Keep them out of view and where possible, remove them completely;
- Make sure that the windows are up and that the vehicle is properly secure before leaving it unattended;
- If using a sat-nav, take this with you when leaving the vehicle and wipe away any sucker marks caused by the sat-nav cradle;
- Park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible.
Residents are being encouraged to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Anyone with any information about the incidents above is asked to contact PC Francis Townsend on 101, quoting crime number 52644/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.