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Wingerworth residents urged to secure their vehicles following recent thefts

Posted on 16th January 2015

Residents living in North East Derbyshire are being urged to secure their vehicles following recent incidents in the Wingerworth area.

Sometime between 8am and 8.20am on Friday, January 9, thieves entered an insecure vehicle and stole Ray Ban sunglasses, phone charges and aftershave from within.

The Nissan Qashqai was parked on the driveway of a property on Wheatcroft Close, Wingerworth around the time of the incident. (CR/1232/15)

CD’s and cash were stolen from a Ford Focus after offenders gained access to the insecure vehicle and carried out an untidy search.

The incident took place outside a property on Hallfield Close, Wingerworth between 10pm on Wednesday, January 8 and 8.30am on Thursday, January 9. (CR/1158/14)

Other incidents have also taken place recently in Wingerworth, Holymoorside, Walton and North Wingfield.

Following these incidents, police are issuing advice around the steps that motorists can take to better protect their vehicles from being targeted by thieves.

Motorists are being urged to ensure that their vehicles are properly secure with the windows up and doors locked before leaving them unattended. Make sure no items are left on display to catch the eye of passing opportunists and remove them completely where possible.

Other advice includes ensuring that Sat-Navs and their cradles are removed, along with wiping away any ‘sucker’ marks. Park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible and consider using a steering lock, alarm or tracking device for added security.

Residents are being actively encouraged to remain vigilant and to report anyone acting suspiciously to police to help to stop a crime from happening.

To report any suspicious behaviour in your area call 101, the non-emergency number, except in an emergency when the number is always 999.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the above crimes should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting the crime number quoted above.

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