The majority of vehicles targeted in a recent spate of car break-ins in Northampton have been left unlocked by the owners.
Police are now urging people to make sure the lock their cars following a spate of break-ins across the town.
Over the past three weeks, a number of car break-ins have been reported in Northampton – with the majority of vehicles targeted having been left unlocked.
Items stolen from the cars have included valuable electronic devices and other pieces of personal property.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “In the vast majority of these crimes, the vehicle owners left their cars unlocked.
“That, combined with valuable items left inside, is sadly an open invitation to criminals.
“Drivers need to be aware that car criminals check vehicles before breaking into them, both to see if they are unlocked and if there is anything valuable inside, so preventing thefts is possible.”
Drivers should not leave anything on display in an unattended car – even an old coat could be enough to tempt a thief to break in.
If personal belongings cannot be removed from the car, they should be locked in the boot, preferably before the start of the journey.
Items which should never be left on display include: sat-navs, mobile phones, laptop computers, credit and debit cards, vehicle registration documents, private mail - especially with an address on it, cheque books and cash.
Whenever drivers leave their cars, they should remove the ignition key and lock all the doors – even when filling up with petrol or just popping into the shop.
Sat-navs should also be removed from the window as well as any support cradles and suction pads. The marks left by the suction pads should also be wiped off the window as thieves will look out for these.