Smash-and-grab thieves target valuables in cars
MOTORISTS in Mutley and Greenbank are being warned not to leave valuables on display in their cars after a spate of thefts.
The warning comes after police have been notified of around 20 thefts from cars, the majority being in the Mutley and Greenbank area of the city.
Pc Jackie Hunt said central neighbourhood officers were patrolling the areas and warning residents to ensure their valuables were not in plain sight.
She said: "The thieves are breaking side windows to get at iPods, laptop computers and satnavs which have been left in clear view.
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"The owners do not appear to realise that by leaving their valuable items on show they are putting them at risk of thieves who do not worry about breaking a window.
"The thefts have not been time specific – they have been happening at all times of the day and night."
Pc Hunt said in addition to either removing valuable electrical items, owners should also consider marking their property with UV pens and taking their serial numbers so if they are recovered there is a better chance of reuniting the goods with their rightful owners.
Cars have been targeted in a number of streets including St Lawrence Road, Deptford Place, Moor View Terrace, Nelson Street and Regent Street.
Pc Hunt said: "We would very much appreciate it if residents who hear smashing glass go to the window and look out. If they can get any details or descriptions, and contact police immediately, it could give us a better chance of catching the culprits.
"More than anything we want to remind people to not leave valuable items on show in their cars."
Anyone with information about the thefts should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/12/5864.