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Witness appeal after thieves steal valuables left in Buxton cars

Posted on 23rd August 2013

Police are urging drivers to remove valuables from their vehicles after thieves targeted cars parked in Buxton.

An MP3 player, satellite navigation system and a small quantity of cash were stolen from a Renault Megane in Hardwick Square West.

Thieves broke into the locked car at some point between 10pm on Sunday, August 18 and 9am on Thursday, August 22.

Another car was broken into near Argyle Residential Home, in Broad Walk, between 3pm and about 10pm on Thursday, August 22.

An Apple iPod MP3 player and a sat nav were among the items taken from the vehicle – a Renault Scenic.

The recent break-ins follow a series of thefts from motor vehicles in the area and police are trying to raise awareness of security steps motorists can take.

Officers have been handing out leaflets with crime prevention advice about car crime in both areas and are increasing patrols.

PCSO Linda Cook, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are doing extra patrols in the area and part of our efforts is telling people what they can do to protect themselves from criminals.

“Simple things like removing valuables from your car and parking in well-lit areas can mean thieves don’t go for your vehicle.”

Other crime prevention advice includes:

  • Keeping any valuables out of sight, either in the boot or not in the car at all;
  • If you have a sat nav, wipe the windscreen after you have removed it so there is no mark where the holder was placed;
  • Park your car in a well-lit area or garage;
  • Ensure that your car doors and boot are properly locked;
  • Make sure the windows are secure.


Did you see any suspicious activity or do you have any information relating to these crimes?

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

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