Police warning after spate of car thefts

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Police in Peterborough are warning motorists to lock and remove items from their vehicles when they leave them following a series of thefts.

There have been 12 thefts from vehicles since the beginning of the month, all of which have involved valuable goods or money being stolen.

Officers are also urging people not to leave vehicles running on frosty mornings after a grey Ford Focus was stolen from a driveway in Chestnut Avenue at about 5.20am on Saturday December 6.

The thefts have seen some vehicles broken into while others had been left unlocked.

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta said: “All of these thefts could have been avoided, along with the cost and inconvenience they cause, if vehicles had been left secured and empty with no items on display.

“Thieves will not break into cars if they can’t see anything worth taking so it is a simple crime prevention measure to remove that temptation.

“Motorists should lock their vehicle, leave the glove box open and empty and never leave a car running unattended.

“We are working hard to catch the people responsible for these thefts but we need the public’s help to prevent as many as we can.”

The thefts from vehicles have been:

· December 1 – a bag of coins stolen from a taxi in Gladstone Street

· December 1/2 - an iPod, cash and toiletries stolen from an unlocked car in Kedleston Road, Park Farm

· December 1/2 – a sat nav stolen in Belton Road, Park Farm

· December 2/3 – a bicycle stolen from a vehicle in Hawksbill Way

· December 2/3 – tools stolen from an unlocked vehicle in Wisbech Way, Thorney

· December 2/3 – a toy bought as a Christmas present was stolen from an unlocked boot in Hedgelands, Werrington

· December 4 – a cash box stolen from a taxi in Delamere Close

· December 4 – CDs and a CD play stolen in Bishops Road

· December 4/5 – a sat nav and phone charger stolen in Brook Street

· December 4/5 – a sat nav stolen in Brook Street

· December 5 – a sat nav stolen in Bishops Road

· December 5 – a holdall and mobile phone stolen in Brudenell, Orton Goldhay

Anyone with information about the thefts should call police on 101. If you see a crime happening call 999.