A rise in the number of thefts from cars in Ilkeston has seen 13 vehicles targeted in just two weeks.
Ilkeston’s police inspector, Nick Daines, has issued a warning following the thefts from cars in the first two weeks of May, seven of which were left unlocked.
Most of the incidents took place overnight in areas including Cotmanhay, Larklands and Shipley View, with valuable items, such as sat navs, stolen.
Inspector Daines said: “It’s really frustrating that we have had an increase in the numbers of thefts from vehicles. It could so easily be prevented if people took a little time to ensure their car is as safe as possible.
“We have had 13 in two weeks - nearly one a day is too many. It is opportunist criminality - someone only has to try the door handles and ultimately, if people aren’t prepared to be safe about security, they are going to find one.”
He urged people to remember to lock their cars and remove valuables out of sight.
Inspector Daines also encouraged people to make sure windows and doors are locked at their homes following two burglaries at houses that burglars had been able to sneak in to.