NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 2011.
Police in Wrexham are urging motorists to make sure they lock their cars as opportunist thieves continue to target vulnerable vehicles.
In September North Wales Police issued a similar plea after four vehicle were broken into overnight with thieves stealing a haul of tools, laptops, satnavs and phones.
Now police in Wrexham have issued a further warning after vehicles were recently broken into in Pandy and Rhosrobin.
They said that offenders are finding easy pickings in unlocked vehicles and that thieves usually try every vehicle in a street in order to find one which is insecure before taking anything of value from inside.
Sergeant Mark Williams, from the Wrexham Rural team said: “Recently thieves have struck in places such as Pandy and Rhosrobin. We are increasing patrols in these areas, but our appeal is to all motorists to take some simple measures to protect their property.”
Police have issued the following advice to motorists:
* Lock all doors and close windows when leave your car, even if it’s only for a short while. This includes when you are filling up at the petrol station.
* Don’t leave anything on display that could tempt a thief – remove your portable satellite navigation system from the dashboard, including the unit’s cradle. Do not simply put the unit in the glove box or under your seat as thieves will quickly find it.
* Keep a record of your satellite navigation serial number and store it separately from the vehicle.
* Look for a parking space in a well lit, busy place. At home, if you have a garage park your car inside it.
* Remove anything of value, even clothing from your vehicle.
* At home, keep your car keys in a safe place, out of view and away from doors, windows or the letterbox.
Sergeant Williams added “I would ask anyone who sees anything suspicious or who can assist with existing enquiries to contact North Wales Police on 101.”