MOTORISTS are being warned to lock their cars and not leave items on show after an increase in break-ins and thefts.
Sgt John Troup, Ilkeston’s new Safer Neighbourhood sergeant, told the Advertiser that thieves are also targeting mopeds and scooters as well as cutting chains on locked up push bikes.
He said: “Cars and motorcycles should, where possible, be placed in a garage or on a driveway when not in use.
“When this isn’t possible I would urge residents to make sure that their vehicles are made as secure as possible by taking common sense measures, many of which are cost-free. Ensure that vehicles are locked, use your alarm if you have one and consider installing one if you don’t.
“The cost of doing this could be cheaper than paying any insurance excesses or an increase in premiums resulting from a claim if your vehicle is stolen.”
Officers believe the thefts are planned and those carrying out the crimes are not opportunists.
Sgt Troup added: “People should remove valuables from vehicles and avoid leaving items on display – an old coat lying on a seat may attract a thief looking for cards and wallets left in pockets. The cost of repairing the damage caused by a break in can often be more than replacing the items that were stolen and then there is the inconvenience caused to the victim.”
Sgt Troup told the Advertiser it’s not only the thieves committing the crimes.
He said: “Thieves steal things because they know there is a market for them. If you buy stolen goods then not only are you fuelling crime but you could be prosecuted if you are found to be in possession of them.
“Always ask questions about where things have come from. Is the price you are being asked to pay realistic? Is the person selling it to you willing to let you have their details in case there is a problem? If the answer is no then think carefully before you buy.”
Anyone with any information about the recent thefts can contact police on 0345 1233333.