Posted on 6th December 2013
Police are urging motorists to remain vigilant and lock up their vehicles following a number of thefts in the Glossop area.
Officers will be taking action to tackle thieves by increasing high visibility patrols in crime hot spots to put the brakes on car theft.
The Safer Neighbourhood policing team will be heading out on the beat to chat to residents and reassure them about the steps that they can take to protect their homes and property from criminals.
Crime prevention leaflets will also be distributed across the area to offer top tips on vehicle security.
Sergeant Trevor Steed who leads the Safer Neighbourhood teams for the Glossop area said: “Thieves are opportunists so if they see an unsecure car or valuables left on display they will try their luck.
“Remove any valuables from your vehicles and leave bags, loose change and sat nav holders out of view.
“If nothing is left in then nothing can be taken out so don’t give thieves the chance of an early present this Christmas.
“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around unattended vehicles then contact police straight away so that we can prevent a crime from happening.”
Recent thefts include two vehicle break-ins which happened overnight between Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4.
Between 5.30pm on Tuesday evening and 6:30am the next morning, offenders gained entry to a white Hyundai which was parked on the driveway of a property on Scotty Brook Crescent. No items were taken.
Between 4pm on Tuesday, December 3 to 8am on Wednesday morning, offenders gained entry to a blue Mazda 6 parked on Hurst Crescent Glossop.
The criminals searched the vehicle and stole a TomTom sat nav from inside.
On Wednesday, December 4 between midnight and 9.30am on Thursday morning, a Silver Honda Civic was also broken into on Pikes Lane. No property was left in the vehicle to take.
Police are offering the following advice:
- Make sure your vehicle is properly locked and the windows are up before you leave it
- Don’t leave anything on display, such as coats, wallets, loose change or bags
- Park in well-lit areas or in a garage where possible
- Remove rings from sat nav holders to deter criminals
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around unattended vehicles, report it to police on 101 to prevent a crime from happening.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.