Appeal after four thefts from cars

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Four car break-ins in Belper have prompted police to urge motorists to ensure they are making proper security checks.

Between Monday , September 22 and Tuesday, September 23 two cars parked on Burbage Close and Ashton Way were targeted and a sat-nav and children’s toys were taken.

The following evening another two cars were broken into on Orton Way and Bradwell Way when two sat-navs, computer equipment and cash were taken.

Now, police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and remove anything of value from within.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “It only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to take advantage of the situation and search the whole vehicle for anything to value.

“Sat-Navs should be removed or left in a locked boot, together with its cradle when leaving the car. Any suction cup marks on the windscreen should be wiped away as their presence will indicate to the thief that you may have a device, such as a sat-nav, hidden in the glove compartment. You may not have, but this won’t stop the thief from smashing a side window to take a look.

“If you have to keep cash in your car, keep it in a closed ashtray or in some other out-of-sight compartment. If it is on view an opportunist thief may smash a side window, possible worth £80, to steal £3.50 in change .”

Witnesses should phone 101.