Police issue warning after 101 car break-ins

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DRIVERS are being urged to keep their vehicles safe after items were stolen from 101 cars.

Since the beginning of April, items including cash, sat navs and iPods have been stolen from 101 cars in the Forest Heath district.

Police are reminding motorists to ensure their vehicles and property are secure.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said that in many cases property had been left on display and some vehicles had been left unlocked.

Detective Inspector Andy Footer said: “Many of these victims have made it easy for a thief to strike – it only takes seconds to smash a car window and grab whatever can be seen inside, and if the vehicle is insecure it’s even more tempting.

“But basic things like double checking you’ve locked your car and not just trusting the remote, and taking everything with you will mean you’re far more likely to come back to a secure vehicle.”

Suffolk Police are urging drivers to lock car doors and windows whenever parked, and check manually that remote locking has worked. Drivers are also being advised to park in well-lit areas, in car parks with CCTV or police approved Parkmark, or in a garage if possible.

The police also suggest that possessions should be removed from cars, including leads, chargers and sat nav holders, and the sat nav suction pad mark should be wiped off the window. Drivers should also mark items with SmartWater or with their postcode.

Det Insp Footer said: “If you are offered an item for sale like a sat nav or stereo in unusual circumstances or without a box, consider if the seller is genuine and if in doubt contact your local officer.”

For further advice call 01473 613500.